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Chapter Hawkins and Harrington

HUMAN 1C Chapter Notes - Chapter Hawkins and Harrington: Monogamy, Plantation Records, Royal African Company


Department
Humanities
Course Code
HUMAN 1C
Professor
Rodrigo Lazo
Chapter
Hawkins and Harrington

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Hawkins Text
The women appear among the Africans to be endowed with the
sexual attribute of curiosity
The women investigated the man
He was the object of admiration
No sense of shame
Father Geronimo Boscana Describes Acágchemem Women’s Marriage and
Childbearing
Serial monogamy, children only to procreate
The general custom which they employed for seeking a woman for the purpose
of marriage was that the man who wanted to be married went for several days to
and fro about the house of the woman that he desired, but without entering it,
waiting for an occasion to speak to her, and when he found her all alone he told
her: I want to marry you, or We should get married
Man brought things to the home, woman took care of the home
This was to test the woman’s skills
Author discredits validity of marriage between natives
Parents told daughter not to disgrace them and that she can always return home
The women had painfree childbirths
Podcast
How do we get history from ppl who don't leave firsthand accounts?
We know enslaved work for women was terrible Bc it was unending
They did "men's" work in fields. Also did household work
Children were presumed to also go into slavery
Reproductive future tied to status as slave
Slave owners know reproductive value
Women cost less despite reproduction value
Atlantic slavery vs other places
Inheritability
Women's reproductive potential made racial slavery make sense
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