In the image of Equiano, he appears to be holding a piece of paper that I am assuming allows his freedom. Equiano has two name, the aforementioned being his original African name, while Gustavas Vassa is his given name by his past master Captain Henry Pascal. He uses the name Gustavas Vassa throughout his life… Read More Olaudah Equiano the African
The largest number of slaves that were disembarked from a single voyage was 1,700 slaves. This voyage took place 1859 on the vessel Memphis, landing in Cuba. The largest number of slaves to disembark in the United States was 553 slaves in St. Domingue by the vessel Vestale in 1778. The last successful disembarkation by a British… Read More Slave Voyages Scavenger Hunt
Some of the West African countries that had traditionally grown rice were Sierra Leone, Ghana and Congo. Viewing these countries on the Slave Trade Map, it is evident that many of the slaves were coming from these areas. Rice, being a surplus in Africa and foreign to America, became a popular commodity among those living… Read More Slavery and Rice in South Carolina
John Smith’s account of his first meeting with Pocahontas greatly contrasts the way the encounter is depicted in the clips from Disney’s Pocahontas and Terrence Malick’s The New World. In comparison to John Smith’s own account, both the clips portray a much more “peaceful” and personal encounter. Smith’s account of the experience reveals that he has been captured… Read More John Smith meets Pocahontas
Bartoleme de Las Casas’s Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies, is one that quite obviously is meant to depict the Spanish as brutal savages who destroyed the indigenous peoples and the land that they lived on. De Las Casas does this by first portraying the native folks to be completely obliging of the visitors… Read More Bartoleme de Las Casas’s “Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies”
I found the film Black Robe (1991) to be a (mostly) unbiased way of portraying the relationship between French Jesuits and indigenous folks. While most movies depict either the colonizers or the indigenous folks as being brutal and violent, most of the film focuses on the conflict of lack/inability to communicate and understand each other between the… Read More Black Robe
Here’s my first blog post for my History 109 course about the history of the United States. I was worried that this class would focus on the white Anglo-Saxon view of the colonization of history but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it wasn’t and can’t wait to continue on through the semester!… Read More Hello!!