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By Robert Voeks Ph.D., John Rashford Ph.D., M.A. (auth.), Robert Voeks, John Rashford (eds.)

African Ethnobotany within the Americas presents the 1st accomplished exam of ethnobotanical wisdom and abilities one of the African Diaspora within the Americas. prime students at the topic discover the advanced courting among plant use and which means one of the descendants of Africans within the New global. as a result of archival and box learn conducted in North the USA, South the US, and the Caribbean, participants discover the historic, environmental, and political-ecological elements that facilitated/hindered transatlantic ethnobotanical diffusion; the function of Africans as lively brokers of plant and plant wisdom move through the interval of plantation slavery within the Americas; the importance of cultural resistance in refining and redefining plant-based traditions; the important different types of plant use that resulted; the alternate of information between Amerindian, eu and different African peoples; and the altering importance of African-American ethnobotanical traditions within the twenty first century.

Bolstered by means of ample visible content material and contributions from popular specialists within the box, African Ethnobotany within the Americas is a useful source for college kids, scientists, and researchers within the box of ethnobotany and African Diaspora studies.

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Sometime between 1446 and 1451, a Portuguese caravel captain, Estêvão Afonso, went ashore in what was probably the Gambia River and reported many rice fields in marshland (Zurara 1960: 246). The Venetian Alvise da Ca’ da Mosto confirmed that report in 1456 (Crone 1937: 70). In 1462, Pedro de Sintra reported rice on the Kaloum Peninsula, site of Conakry in modern Guinea (Crone 1937: 80). In 1479, the Fleming Eustache de La Fosse saw “a lot of good rice” that was said to have come from the nearby Iles de Los (La Fosse 1897: 185).

Some types mature faster than O. sativa, providing an emergency food. In the Inland Niger Delta region, farmers developed a floating O. glaberrima capable of surviving floods three meters deep. Some Africans favor O. glaberrima for its taste, aroma, and even its redness. And to some, traditional rituals calling for rice are meaningless unless the old standby is used. The best written source I have found for distinguishing African from Asian rice is the National Research Council’s Lost crops of Africa, volume 1, Grains.

41 as to the Atlantic coast (Hair 1976: 35). André Donelha, who visited Sierra Leone c. ” His modern translator, Hair, suggested it was O. sativa (Donelha 1977: 81, 211 n. 48). In 1599, a German soldier, Johann von Lübelfing, reported local rice at Cape Lopez (Gabon), a more likely place than old Benin or Sierra Leone for the Portuguese to have introduced O. sativa (Jones 1983a:13). ” This sounds like O. sativa, but Marees’s modern editors think it was too early for Asian rice to have reached the Gold Coast (Marees 1987: 159 & n.

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