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Rituals and coutumes in the European slave trade on Madagascar in the 17th and 18th centuries

Rafaël Thiébaut

Afrika Focus, 01 August 2016, Vol.29(2) [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Rituals and coutumes in the European slave trade on Madagascar in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Autor: Rafaël Thiébaut
  • Assuntos: History & Archaeology
  • É parte de: Afrika Focus, 01 August 2016, Vol.29(2)
  • Descrição: In this text, we will retrace the commercial interactions linked to the slave trade between Europeans and Malagasy in the 17th and 18th centuries. As is often the case, this commerce was much more than a simple exchange of products, it can be termed a ritual, created by Malagasy sovereigns to which the Dutch and French merchants had to adhere. This ranged from presenting courtesy gifts up to the delivery of oral and written venerations, and represented an important cofirmation of power. The monarch often kept the upper hand over the Europeans who found themselves on hostile terrain, though the latter were not completely stripped of power as they effectively controlled the volume of this external commerce. Key words: slave trade, Indian Ocean World, local sovereignty, history of Madagascar, European companies
  • Idioma: Inglês

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