HIST 105 Lecture Notes - Lecture 21: Indian Ocean Trade, Portuguese Language In Africa

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21 Jul 2016
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Portuguese In Africa
Prior to exploration, the center of Africa was trade. They found route around Africa, the oceanic
trade route
Drive to explore and the carnival was a new ship that was easier to sail to put cannons on boats.
They wanted to trade with newcomers, so they would ask them if they could trade with them and
if they disagreed, there was conflict.
Portuguese did not establish an empire in Africa to change the cultures in Africa because they
just wanted to trade with people, make trading posts
Luxury goods: mainly sugar, and pepper, first experience of sugar plantations. Cape Verde
and Som Tome (Colonial Island)
Kingdom of Benin
Country with large and urbanized cities
Powerful king in reign called an oba
The king was distinguished by the coral shells because it represented his ctrl of the land nd the
sea.
Mudfish- master of land and sea
Leopard- symbolizes his power or ctrl over the land
Crocodiles- policemen of society
Readings
Reverence of pain. The people of Benin revered their pain so much.
Interconnected with Indian Ocean trade with east Africa - Muslims and Arabs
East Africa- cosmopolitan dom. - Islam
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