Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa

Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa

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Hardcover, Ohio Univ Pr, 2012, ISBN13 9780821420065, ISBN10 0821420062
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In Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa, Catherine Higgs traces the early-twentieth-century journey of the Englishman Joseph Burtt to the Portuguese colony of Sao Tome and Principe--the chocolate islands--through Angola and Mozambique, and finally to British Southern Africa. Burtt had been hired by the chocolate firm Cadbury Brothers Limited to determine if the cocoa it was buying from the islands had been harvested by slave laborers forcibly recruited from Angola, an allegation that became one of the grand scandals of the early colonial era. Burtt spent six months on Sao Tome and Principe and a year in Angola. His five-month march across Angola in 1906 took him from innocence and credulity to outrage and activism and ultimately helped change labor recruiting practices in colonial Africa.
This beautifully written and engaging travel narrative draws on collections in Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Africa to explore British and Portuguese attitudes toward work, slavery, race, and imperialism. In a story still familiar a century after Burtt's sojourn, Chocolate Islands reveals the idealism, naivety, and racism that shaped attitudes toward Africa, even among those who sought to improve the conditions of its workers.

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Number of Pages: 230
Original Languages: English
Author: Higgs, Catherine
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Ohio Univ Pr
ISBN-13: 9780821420065
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.00 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 0821420062
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