Andrea Felber Seligman

Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellow in the Humanities

20062007 Forum on Travel

Andrea Felber Seligman

African Studies, World History

College '07

Traveling African Ambassadors and Enountered Hospitality: A Dimension of African-European Diplomatic Relations in the 15th–17th Centuries

The 14th through 16th centuries were an era of unprecedented discovery for the Portuguese and other Europeans as they traveled for the first time along the coast of Africa. This analysis of the existing body of Portuguese travel narratives, court records, and letters, along with available African records will shed light on the nature of encounters between African diplomats and Europeans. What do they reveal about specific African foreign policy goals and experiences while traveling for diplomatic missions?