By John K. Thornton
Precis: A Cultural heritage of the Atlantic international, 1250–1820 explores the concept that powerful hyperlinks exist within the histories of Africa, Europe and North and South the US. John ok. Thornton offers a accomplished evaluate of the heritage of the Atlantic Basin prior to 1830 via describing political, social and cultural interactions among the continents' population. He lines the backgrounds of the populations on those 3 continental landmasses introduced into touch via eu navigation. Thornton then examines the political and social implications of the encounters, tracing the origins of a number of Atlantic societies and exhibiting how new methods of consuming, consuming, talking and worshipping constructed within the newly created Atlantic global. This publication makes use of shut readings of unique resources to provide new interpretations of its topic.
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42 Other Portuguese mariners met stiff resistance, often even before they landed, by Africans who piled into large naval craft that outnumbered the invaders, while constantly attacking with the dreaded poisoned arrows. By 1456, the Portuguese crown decided that they had had enough of the raids. They had netted few captives and had cost a substantial toll in Portuguese lives. Deciding that they needed to repair damaged relations with the Africans, they dispatched Diogo Gomes, a nobleman and a member of the royal household, to negotiate with political authorities for a new start in West Africa.
6, p. 200), as translated in Levtzion and Hopkins, Corpus, p. 334. His disappearance on a voyage, after leaving Musa as a “deputy,” might allow the usurper to gain and hold power in the long period of uncertainty while the emperor was on the Atlantic voyage. Thus Qu may have been forced to take a voyage that was doomed to fail to get him out of the way. It would not be surprising that the topic would come up in a discussion of succession, especially when Musa himself said, “We belong to a house which hands on the kingship by inheritance” (Corpus, p.
Such armed On the story and its documentation, see Kemal, Monumenta 4: fols. 1371–71v. Most of the narrative sources are of seventeenth-century date, but there are records from the late fifteenth century that reveal something of the family, including the son’s name. 39 Zurara, Crónica, cap. 77. For a summary of early Portuguese knowledge, see da Mosto’s report of 1455 on the desert, “Mondo Novo,” ed. Gasparrini Leporace, pp. 26–29, 37–48. 40 Zurara, Cronica, cap. 60. 38 The Formation of the Atlantic World, 1250–1600 21 encounters were followed by many others in the next few years, as Portuguese ships raided fishing villages along the coast above and below the Cape Verde peninsula.
A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820 by John K. Thornton