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Emigration and the Sea: An Alternative History of Portugal and the Portuguese

Malyn Newitt


This is a history of the Portuguese diaspora that has planted Portuguese-speaking communities across the world, made Portuguese the seventh most widely spoken language, and given rise to a number of Portuguese creole languages. The Portuguese diaspora involves different streams of emigration that have merged to create a highly diverse “Portuguese” world. The settlement of the Atlantic islands mixed migrants from mainland Portugal with slaves from West Arica. The islands themselves then became points of departure for further migrations to West Africa and the New World. The discovery of the sea ... More

Keywords: diaspora, creole, Atlantic islands, Sephardic Jews, Brazil, slave trade, Portugal, Portuguese, Africa, Caribbean

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190263935
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190263935.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Malyn Newitt, author
King's College London