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Title Daughters of the trade : Atlantic slavers and interracial marriage on the Gold Coast / Pernille Ipsen.
Author Ipsen, Pernille, author.
Publication Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2015]
Copyright date ©2015
Description 269 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Call # 306.846 I
Series The early modern Americas
Early modern Americas.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-256) and index.
Summary Severine Brock's first language was Ga, yet it was not surprising when, in 1842, she married Edward Carstensen. He was the last governor of Christiansborg, the fort that, in the eighteenth century, had been the center of Danish slave trading in West Africa. She was the descendant of Ga-speaking women who had married Danish merchants and traders. Their marriage would have been familiar to Gold Coast traders going back nearly 150 years. In Daughters of the Trade, Pernille Ipsen follows five generations of marriages between African women and Danish men, revealing how interracial marriage created a Euro-African hybrid culture specifically adapted to the Atlantic slave trade. Although interracial marriage was prohibited in European colonies throughout the Atlantic world, in Gold Coast slave-trading towns it became a recognized and respected custom. Cassare, or "keeping house," gave European men the support of African women and their kin, which was essential for their survival and success, while African families made alliances with European traders and secured the legitimacy of their offspring by making the unions official. For many years, Euro-African families lived in close proximity to the violence of the slave trade. Sheltered by their Danish names and connections, they grew wealthy and influential. But their powerful position on the Gold Coast did not extend to the broader Atlantic world, where the link between blackness and slavery grew stronger, and where Euro-African descent did not guarantee privilege. By the time Severine Brock married Edward Carstensen, their world had changed. Daughters of the Trade uncovers the vital role interracial marriage played in the coastal slave trade, the production of racial difference, and the increasing stratification of the early modern Atlantic world.
Contents Introduction: Severine's ancestors -- Setting up -- A hybrid position -- "What in Guinea you promised me" -- "Danish Christian Mulatresses" -- Familiar circles -- Epilogue: Edward Carstensen's parenthesis.
Subject Ghana -- History -- Danish Settlements, 1659-1850.
Slave traders -- Denmark -- Biography.
Slave traders -- Ghana -- Biography.
Interracial marriage -- Ghana -- History.
Women -- Ghana -- Accra -- Social conditions.
Slave trade -- Social aspects -- Denmark -- History.
Slave trade -- Social aspects -- Ghana -- History.
Race relations -- History.
Social distance -- History.
Interracial marriage. (OCoLC)fst00977484
Race relations. (OCoLC)fst01086509
Slave trade -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01120408
Slave traders. (OCoLC)fst01120410
Social distance. (OCoLC)fst01122432
Women -- Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01176947
Denmark. (OCoLC)fst01204558
Ghana. (OCoLC)fst01208741
Ghana -- Accra. (OCoLC)fst01205301
Genre Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780812246735 (alk. paper)
081224673X (alk. paper)
9780812223958 (cover)
0812223950 (cover)

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