Bonds of Captivity: Brazil and the Transformations of Atlantic Slaving in Angola, 1680-1830


ACLS Fellowship Program


History/African-American and African Studies


This study is on the impacts of the tight commercial, social, and cultural links with Brazil in the development of Atlantic slaving in Angola. It is based on the most comprehensive research ever conducted on the nature of Atlantic slaving in Angola, conducted in several untapped collections in Angola, Brazil, Portugal, England, and the United States. The implications of this project stretch beyond African History because of the critical importance of Angola in the African Diaspora and the Atlantic World. “Bonds of Captivity” resets the terms of analysis of slaving in the Atlantic World away from macro-history towards a micro-history analysis necessary for understanding individual agency in the context of slaving.