African stories of the Americas Lecture Series HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS

African stories of the Americas

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  1. Jane LandersJane Landers

    Jane Landers es profesora de  Historia en la Universidad de Vanderbilt; ha sido decana asociada del "College of Arts & Science" y directora del Centro de estudios de  America Latina y España de la Universidad de Vanderbilt. Obtuvo su doctorado en  1988 en  la Universidad de Florida. Ha centrado su labor investigadora y docente en el estudio de la historia colonial de America Latina, la historia del mundo atlántico y en estudios comparativos sobre los sistemas de  esclavitud. Es autora de numerosos libros y ensayos aparecidos en revistas especializadas. Está trabajando en la digitalización de los registros de las más antiguas iglesias de la población negra en Brasil, Cuba, el Caribe y su entorno.

The conference will analyze the political options that the population of African origin -also known as "Atlantic Creoles"- had during the period of the Atlantic revolutions in the 16th and 17th century. We will examine the policies that were developed through the processes in which they were involved, as well as the written documentation that was produced. We will show that these Africans and their descendants had access to a varied and important written and spoken information, which allowed them to make political decisions in order to maintain their so hard won freedom.

These "Atlantic Creoles" had to fights successively for the king of Congo, for the king of England, for the king of France, for the French Jacobins, for the chiefs of the "muskogyu" and "seminolas" indigenous tribes, and for the king of Spain. Each change of alliance required an analysis and a serious evaluation of the political scenarios and the freedom possibilities that each ally offered.