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Roquinaldo Ferreira | Kinship at the Heart of Slavery: 18th Century Luanda

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Rainey Auditorium

Penn Museum

3260 South Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Research on kinship ties at the height of the slave trade in Portuguese Angola reveals a surprisingly rich social life.

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Roquinaldo Ferreira, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

Kinship at the Heart of Slavery: Luanda in the 18th Century

The Portuguese colony of Angola grew out of a settlement established at Luanda Bay in 1576. From its inception, Portuguese Angola existed to profit from the transatlantic slave trade, which drove the colony’s economy for the next 300 years. Using the city’s eighteenth-century baptism records, Penn Professor Roquinaldo Ferreira, who specializes in African, Atlantic, and Brazilian history, reconstructs fictional kinship ties created by free and unfree people. Known as compadrazgo networks or mutually supportive relationships, these ties reveal a rich portrait of social life in Luanda under colonialism at the height of the slave trade, including how Christianity, community-building, and other African strategies helped people avoid deportation to the Americas.

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Free and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided. If you have any accessibility questions or concerns, please email us. More information: https://wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/events/ferreira

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