By Pernille Ipsen
Severine Brock's first language used to be Ga, but it used to be no longer unbelievable whilst, in 1842, she married Edward Carstensen. He used to be the final governor of Christiansborg, the citadel that, within the eighteenth century, were the heart of Danish slave buying and selling in West Africa. She used to be the descendant of Ga-speaking ladies who had married Danish retailers and investors. Their marriage may were time-honored to Gold Coast investors going again approximately a hundred and fifty years. In Daughters of the Trade, Pernille Ipsen follows 5 generations of marriages among African ladies and Danish males, revealing how interracial marriage created a Euro-African hybrid tradition in particular tailored to the Atlantic slave trade.
Although interracial marriage was once prohibited in eu colonies during the Atlantic global, in Gold Coast slave-trading cities it grew to become a well-known and revered customized. Cassare, or "keeping house," gave ecu males the aid of African girls and their relations, which was once crucial for his or her survival and luck, whereas African households made alliances with ecu investors and secured the legitimacy in their offspring by means of making the unions official.
For a long time, Euro-African households lived in shut proximity to the violence of the slave exchange. Sheltered via their Danish names and connections, they grew prosperous and influential. yet their robust place at the Gold Coast didn't expand to the wider Atlantic global, the place the hyperlink among blackness and slavery grew better, and the place Euro-African descent didn't warrantly privilege. by the point Severine Brock married Edward Carstensen, their international had replaced. Daughters of the Trade uncovers the important position interracial marriage performed within the coastal slave exchange, the creation of racial distinction, and the expanding stratification of the early smooth Atlantic world.
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