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Lamin O. Sanneh

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189605

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189605.001.0001

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 Old World Precedents and New World Directions

 Old World Precedents and New World Directions

Trans-Atlantic Pillar

(p.89) 3 Old World Precedents and New World Directions
Disciples of All Nations

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Synopsis: This chapter continues the preceding discussion about Europe's rising star in its maritime expansion, describing repression of Indians in the transplant New Spain and Brazil. Strains soon showed, as exemplified in the criticisms of Las Casas and his defense of Indian rights. Capuchin and Jesuit missions became entangled with the slave trade, resulting in a setback to evangelization efforts in the Kongo and elsewhere. The chapter connects the American Revolution with Protestant missionary awakening, and with the evangelization of New World Africans. The antislavery movement teamed with trans‐Atlantic missions to establish a free colony of Nova Scotians in Sierra Leone. Following abolition, African recaptives began arriving in the colony, and thus commenced the real modernization of Africa, thanks to the new middle class raised in mission schools. The chapter concludes with the legacy of antislavery in Sierra Leone and of the post‐colonial debacle and ensuing civil war.

Keywords:   New Spain, Brazil, Las Casas, Kongo, Capuchins, Mombasa, Nova Scotia, Sierra Leone, recaptives

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