Cities of the Black Atlantic

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Project Summary:

From the moment Europeans started to bring African captives to Europe (c. 1450s) and the Americas (c. 1500s), enslaved African labor played a critical role in the foundation of the emerging capitalist world economy (Williams 1966). Such economy was centered around the plantation system, which oversaw the large scale production of Tobacco, Coffee, Cotton, and Sugar in New World (or Black Atlantic) city sites such as Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), Jamaica, Cuba, and Bahia, Brazil among others (Best & Levitt 2009).

While propelling the world economy, the plantation system was intrinsically connected to the colonial regime based on the exploitation, subordination, commodification, and dependency upon African bodies.

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Project authors: Corinne Hunter and Rafael Gomez

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