Kinship at the Heart of Slavery

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 - 5:00pm6:30pm

Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

Kinship at the Heart of Slavery

Luanda (Angola) in the 18th Century

Roquinaldo Ferreira

Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

The Portuguese colony of Angola grew out of a settlement established at Luanda Bay in 1576. From its inception, Portuguese Angola existed to profit from the transatlantic slave trade, which drove the colony’s economy for the next 300 years. Using the city’s eighteenth-century baptism records, Penn Professor Roquinaldo Ferreira, who specializes in African, Atlantic, and Brazilian history, reconstructs fictional kinship ties created by free and unfree people. Known as compadrazgo networks or mutually supportive relationships, these ties reveal a rich portrait of social life in Luanda under colonialism at the height of the slave trade, including how Christianity, community-building, and other African strategies helped people avoid deportation to the Americas.

 

Cosponsored by Penn’s Departments of Africana Studies and History, and Center for Africana Studies.

 

Pre-registration requested.

Free and open to the public.

ASL Interpretation provided.