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The Diary of Antera Duke – The Zamani Reader
Written by eiary major African merchant at the height of Calabar’s overseas commerce, Antera Duke’s diary provides valuable information on Old Calabar’s economic activity both with other African businessmen and with European ship captains who arrived to trade for slaves, produce and provisions. The publication of this volume will mark the first publicly available edition of this valuable primary source in over fifty years.
In his diary, Antera Duke ca. A leader in late eighteenth-century Old Calabar, a cluster diayr Efik-speaking communities in the Cross River region, he resided in Duke Town, forty-five miles from the Atlantic Ocean in what is now southeast Nigeria. His diary, written in trade English from tois a candid account of daily life in an African community at the height of Calabar’s overseas commerce.
It provides valuable information on Old Calabar’s economic suke both with other African businessmen and with European ship captains who arrived to trade for slaves, produce, and provisions. This new edition of Antera’s diary, the first in fifty years, draws on the latest scholarship to place the diary in its historical context. Introductory essays set the stage for the Old Calabar of Antera Duke’s lifetime, explore the range of trades, from slaves to produce, in which he rose to prominence, and follow Antera on trading missions across an extensive commercial hinterland.
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The essays trace the settlement and development of the towns that comprised Old Calabar and survey the community’s social and political structure, rivalries among families, sacrifices of slaves, and witchcraft ordeals.
This edition reproduces Antera’s original trade-English diary with a translation into standard English on facing pages, along with extensive annotation.
The Diary of Antera Duke furnishes a uniquely valuable source for the history of precolonial Nigeria and the Atlantic slave trade, and this new edition enriches our understanding of it. He collaborated with James A. Rawley on a revised edition of The Transatlantic Slave Trade: Latham did field work in Calabar infunded by a Leverhulme Overseas Scholarship, and taught at the University of Wales, Swansea until his retirement in He is author of Old Calabar, David Northrup is professor of history at Boston College and a specialist on sub-Saharan Africa, Atlantic history, systems of coerced labor, and imperialism.
Among other works, he is author of Trade Without Rulers: A Brief History with Documents Antera Duke’s diary is therefore an extraordinarily important source for the history of the Cross River region, and indeed for Africa as a whole. I am impressed with the way in which the edition has been handled, by the supplementary materials and the care that the authors have taken to present the diary and its context.
As such, the diary has no equivalent as anntera historical source for anyone interested in the anthropological, economic, ethnographic, political, or social aspects of eighteenth-century trade and life in part of what is now Nigeria. His writings reveal how life for those trading humans was full of the same joys and pleasures, tragedies and pains that people everywhere have felt throughout history.
It provides a unique, firsthand anntera of the Atlantic slave trade, and is a book to which I will return frequently.
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To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Latham, and David Northrup Written by a major African merchant at the height of Calabar’s overseas commerce, Antera Duke’s diary provides valuable information on Old Calabar’s economic activity both with other African businessmen and with European ship captains who arrived to trade for slaves, produce and provisions. Latham, and David Northrup.
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