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The Digitalization of Knowledge:
Tribal Ignorance and the African Diaspora


Paul E. Lovejoy FRSC
Distinguished Research Professor
Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History

Illustrations #6-31: Enslavement and the slave route to the Americas

Canada seems peripheral, especially when following the course of the slave trade, as represented in images Illustrations 6-31. The major focus is on Brazil, not Canada or even North America, and thereby helping to redress our image of Africans in the Americas as not being typically Africans in North America. There were many more Africans forced to move to the Caribbean than to North America, and even Hispanic America received more Africans than North America. In absolute demographic sense, therefore, Canada only had contact with a very few Africans and indeed very few descendants of Africans relatively speaking. Despite this apparent "marginality" of the African component in Canadian history, the examples of Clapperton, Baquaqua, Tubman, and Perkins expose the centrality of slavery in the history of the "western" world, even on the Canadian "periphery."


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2002 Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies