Africa and Atlantic Slave Trade Readings

Here are three readings for Chapter 20. Please answer the questions that go with each reading. This assignment will be due at the beginning of the next class period.

Appeal to the King of Portugal
What exactly is the complaint of the King of Kongo? What seems to be the impact of Portuguese traders (factors) in the Congo? What does King Affonso want the King of Portugal to do?

Slave Trader
What were the ways Bosman received slaves?  Which method does he prefer?  What are the comparisons of Dutch ships and those of other Europeans?

Enslaved Captive
How was slavery in Africa different from slavery in America?  What were the worst aspects of the Atlantic slave trades according to the author?  Why does Equiano address his audience as “nominal Christians”?


Early Latin America Questions

In your group answer the following questions on Latin America.

  1. In what sense can it be said that the nature of the Latin American colonies was simply a reflection of Iberian society?  Be sure to address at least 3 different characteristics (cultural, political, religious, economic, etc)

2. Compare and contrast the colonies of Spanish America with Portuguese Brazil.

3. Compare Latin American labor systems with either Russian or feudal European practices.

4. Compare the Spanish conquest of the Americas with one of the following…
-Post-Classical Arab conquest of the Middle East
-Classical Roman conquest of the Mediterranean world
-Mongol conquest of the Eastern World

5. How did Latin American demography and environment change from Pre-Columbian times through the era of Spanish/Portuguese colonization?