Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640 by David Wheat

By David Wheat

This paintings resituates the Spanish Caribbean as an extension of the Luso-African Atlantic international from the past due 16th to the mid-seventeenth century, whilst the union of the Spanish and Portuguese crowns facilitated a surge within the transatlantic slave exchange. After the catastrophic decline of Amerindian populations at the islands, significant African provenance zones, first higher Guinea after which Angola, contributed pressured migrant populations with exact reports to the Caribbean. They performed a dynamic function within the social formation of early Spanish colonial society within the fortified port towns of Cartagena de Indias, Havana, Santo Domingo, and Panama urban and their semirural hinterlands.

David Wheat is the 1st student to set up this early part of the "Africanization" of the Spanish Caribbean centuries prior to the increase of large-scale sugar plantations. With African migrants and their descendants comprising demographic majorities in middle components of Spanish cost, Luso-Africans, Afro-Iberians, Latinized Africans, and unfastened humans of colour acted extra as colonists or settlers than as plantation slaves. those ethnically combined and economically assorted societies constituted a area of overlapping Iberian and African worlds, whereas they made attainable Spain's colonization of the Caribbean.

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