African Ethnobotany in the Americas by Robert Voeks Ph.D., John Rashford Ph.D., M.A. (auth.),

By Robert Voeks Ph.D., John Rashford Ph.D., M.A. (auth.), Robert Voeks, John Rashford (eds.)

African Ethnobotany within the Americas offers the 1st complete exam of ethnobotanical wisdom and talents one of the African Diaspora within the Americas. major students at the topic discover the advanced courting among plant use and which means one of the descendants of Africans within the New international. by way of archival and box study performed in North the US, South the United States, and the Caribbean, participants discover the old, environmental, and political-ecological elements that facilitated/hindered transatlantic ethnobotanical diffusion; the function of Africans as energetic brokers of plant and plant wisdom move in the course of the interval of plantation slavery within the Americas; the importance of cultural resistance in refining and redefining plant-based traditions; the valuable different types of plant use that resulted; the alternate of information between Amerindian, eu and different African peoples; and the altering value of African-American ethnobotanical traditions within the twenty first century.

Bolstered through considerable visible content material and contributions from well known specialists within the box, African Ethnobotany within the Americas is a useful source for college students, scientists, and researchers within the box of ethnobotany and African Diaspora studies.

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11, p. 1). Rice bought c. 1616 on the Cess River (Liberia) by a Dutch ship was not meant for slaves – the vessel took malagueta pepper, ivory, and gold back to Holland – but it suggests that the cereal was already provisioning slavers on that part of the coast (Jones 1983a: 78). Cape Verdean Francisco de Lemos Coelho told of rice being sold to European ships, apparently slavers, on the coast from Gambia to Sierra Leone in the 1640s or 1650s (Lemos Coelho 1985: ch. 2, pp. 11, 29; ch. 3, p. 7; ch.

The rice that Europeans originally found growing from the Saloum Delta to Axim must have been O. glaberrima, but its resemblance to O. sativa, brought earlier by Arabs to the Mediterranean region (Lauer 1969: 40, 44), kept Europeans from recognizing it as a distinct species. Some did notice differences. An anonymous Dutchman remarked in the mid-seventeenth century that “a large amount of grey rice” was available on the St. Paul River in today’s Liberia (Jones 1995: 21). This may have been a way to distinguish it from Asian rice.

He put forward this widely echoed theory in 1950 and maintained it to his death in 1974 (Portères 1950: 490–491, 1976: 444–445). But fresher research indicates that the circles date to the first millennium CE or later, and no link has been found to rice cultivation (Thilmans et al. 1980: 153; Ozanne 1966: 11, 12; Fagan 1969: 150–151; McIntosh and McIntosh 1993: 104–105; Lawson 2001: 32; SK McIntosh, 2009, personal communication). It would appear, therefore, that rice growing reached and spread along the Atlantic coast in the first millennium CE, but we have no written evidence until European explorers burst upon the scene in the fifteenth century.

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