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Re: “Culinary Historian Explores Slavery through Food

some seem to be forgetting the length of history that the slave trade spanned. hot peppers and peanuts both crossed the Atlantic through European ships to West Africa. Chile pepper plants for instance arrived as one of the trade goods of the slave trade during the 16th century, and become absorbed into African cuisine. Portugeuse explorers brought peanut plants from Brazil to Central Africa as early as the 1500s and it became quickly adopted there. by the 18th and certainly the 19th century, it is quite possible that both had become part of traditional West African cuisine. let's move away from outmoded notions that West Africa was this non-site of contact to the Americas, when in fact Europeans and Africans created entire Creolized cultures that blended languages, customs and trade goods for centuries along the West African coast, including items/goods from the Americas.

Posted by Phenderson Djèlí Clark on 08/17/2013 at 11:52 AM

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