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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 entire exam of ethnobotanical wisdom and talents one of the African Diaspora within the Americas. top students at the topic discover the complicated courting among plant use and that means one of the descendants of Africans within the New global. through archival and box study performed in North the USA, South the USA, and the Caribbean, participants discover the ancient, environmental, and political-ecological elements that facilitated/hindered transatlantic ethnobotanical diffusion; the position of Africans as energetic brokers of plant and plant wisdom move through the interval of plantation slavery within the Americas; the importance of cultural resistance in refining and redefining plant-based traditions; the imperative different types of plant use that resulted; the trade of information between Amerindian, eu and different African peoples; and the altering value of African-American ethnobotanical traditions within the twenty first century.

Bolstered by way of ample visible content material and contributions from popular 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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5, her father, who kindly sent the Eckhout exhibition book from the Netherlands, and to Chase Langford, the UCLA Geography Department cartographer, for scanning and enhancing that image. I wish to thank Michael O’Grady for assistance with fieldwork in Pará (1996); Rosa Acevedo, my collaborator on quilombo fieldwork in Maranhão and Pará (1996, 1997, 2002); Leonard Abrams, Seu Benedito, Dona Maria, and Ivã with research on quilombos near Itapecurú, Maranhão in 2002. Additional gratitude is extended to Jacque Chase, my collaborator in the Minas Gerais quilombo research in 2005.

By c. 1544–1545, a French sailor, Jean Alfonce, reported rice as a staple on what would become the Liberian coast (Hair 1976: 30). As early as 1491, Portuguese colonists on São Tiago (Santiago), principal island of the Cape Verdes, were importing rice from the African mainland, presumably to feed the slaves they were bringing from the same region (Lauer 1969: 42; Blake 1942: 1:87). By the next decade, they were growing it (Fernandes 1951: 115; Anonymous Portuguese Pilot 1550: 125–129). Within a century, and despite the relative paucity of written reports, the presence of rice farming was thus fairly well documented from Senegal almost to the Bandama River, which bisects Côte d’Ivoire and still divides West Africa’s rice-eating west from its yam-eating east (Miège 1954: 27–28, 30–32).

V, Plate E, 99) Africa. In the first, African cattle entered the Iberian livestock population in two distinct historical periods—during the Bronze Age when they were introduced across the Straits of Gibraltar and during the Moorish occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. These introductions contributed genes from African progenitors to Iberian cattle populations. However, some New World breeds (Guadeloupe Creole, other types found in Brazil) were directly influenced by the DNA of cattle imported from West Africa during the transatlantic slave trade.

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