Posts about The Diary of Antera Duke written by Devin Leigh. The Diary of Antera Duke: An Eighteenth-Century African Slave Trader By Stephen Behrendt, A.J.H. Latham and David Northrup. Oxford: Oxford University Press. The diary of Antera Duke: an eighteenth‐century African slave trader – By Stephen D. Behrendt, A. John H. Latham, and David Northrup.

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The missionaries had interpreted these Rift Valley societies through the lens of their own prejudices, like Mudimbe explains, but they also based their ethnographic work on local informants from within the communities.

Behrendt, Latham and Northrup have provided an invaluable overview of Calabar history and the slave trade in an introduction of pages, including notes. They explore the importance of the diary in the reconstruction of the history of Old Calabar, particularly in reference to the establishment of a chronology for major political and commercial figures of the eighteenth century, both on the African and European side.

Latham did field work in Calabar infunded by a Leverhulme Overseas Scholarship, and taught at the University of Wales, Swansea until his retirement in As a result, when their works are carefully studied, they have the potential to affect some of our most longstanding historical assumptions—in this case, about the evolution of Massai identity. Du Bois, and Homi Bhabha.

The introduction explores the history of the journal itself, from its discovery by William Valentine in the files of the Free Church of Scotland, Edinburgh, in and its subsequent loss in World War II, except for the excerpts published here.

He is author of Old Calabar, Duke kept a diary, written in trade English a mix of African and English language used to conduct businessof his day-to-day activities in which he described trade operations and disputes with British slave ship captains.

If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. Rawley on a revised edition of The Transatlantic Slave Trade: To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. British abolitionists used this and other images to highlight the inhumanity of the slave trade in Calabar, where Antera Duke operated his enterprise.


The Diary of Antera Duke: Betting on the Africans Philip E. October 4, 1.

Two of these sources were written by West Duje peoples themselves, while the third was written by a European man yet based off of his interactions with a West African. Antera Duke likely died around The Diary of Antera Duke furnishes a uniquely valuable source for the history of precolonial Nigeria and the Atlantic slave trade, and this new edition enriches our understanding of it.

The essays trace the settlement and development of the towns that comprised Old Calabar and survey the community’s social and political structure, rivalries among families, sacrifices of slaves, and witchcraft ordeals.

It provides valuable information on Old Calabar’s economic activity both with other African businessmen and with European ship captains who arrived to trade for slaves, produce, and provisions. The publication of this volume will mark the first publicly available edition of this valuable primary source in over fifty years. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the diqry experience on our website.

As such, the diary has no equivalent as a historical source for anyone interested in the anthropological, economic, ethnographic, political, or social aspects of eighteenth-century trade and life in part of what is now Nigeria. Academic Skip to main content. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. Becoming Michelle Obama Inbunden. This edition reproduces Antera’s original trade-English diary with a translation into standard English on facing pages, along with extensive annotation.

His writings reveal how life for those trading humans was full of the same joys and pleasures, tragedies and pains that people everywhere have felt throughout history. Du Bois, and Wilson J. Du Bois, and John K.

The early entry of Bristol merchants into the trade, and the subsequent supremacy of Liverpool, is examined in considerable detail. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

Antera Duke

Du Bois, and Brent Hayes Edwards. Ebook This title is available as an ebook. The Autobiography of W. University of Wisconsin Press, Additionally, two of the sources appear as antra in Africa Rememberedan edited volume compiled by the historian Philip Curtin.


Antera Duke was born around in Old Calabar in what is today southeastern Nigeria. John Brown The Oxford W.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Traders and local leaders, like the Dukes, could mobilize powerful political, economicand military resources in their dealings with Europeans in the Atlantic economy.

Book titles OR Journal titles. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! The main readings for this week are documentary sources for studying West African history in the eighteenth century. Dark Princess The Oxford W. A leader in late eighteenth-century Old Calabar, a cluster of Efik-speaking communities in the Cross River region, he resided in Duke Town, forty-five miles from the Atlantic Ocean in what is now southeast Nigeria.

The Introduction also examines in detail the development of the produce trade at Old Calabar and the importance of ivory as a secondary commodity to enslaved Africans. Finally, chapters taken from Sources and Methods in African Historycompiled by Toyin Falola and Christian Jennings, provide context for diaru these narratives.

Du Bois, and Dyke Carpio. The text itself is printed with original text facing a modern translation with some notes. Written by a major African merchant at the height of Calabar’s overseas commerce, Antera Duke’s diary provides valuable information on Old Calabar’s economic activity both with other African businessmen and with European ship captains who arrived to trade for slaves, produce and provisions.

Antera Duke – Wikipedia

Introductory essays set the stage for the Old Calabar of Antera Duke’s lifetime, explore the range of trades, from slaves to produce, in which he rose to prominence, and follow Antera on trading missions across an extensive commercial hinterland.

It was through this network that Duke learned to speak and write pidgin English. As the African philosopher V.