Cultural Retention During The Middle Passage

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Delano Codner
Professor Andrew Sachs
Communication 300
18 October 2015
Cultural Retention in Jamaica
Transport through the Middle Passage was a time of immense misery, suffering, and death for the millions of Africans who experienced it between the 1600s and 1800s. After arriving to Africa from Europe, slave traders violently kidnapped or bought African men, women, and children, for iron, cloths, and firearms. The Africans, most of whom were taken from Upper Guinea, Sierra Leone, Angola, the Gold Coast, which is now the nation of Ghana, and other West African countries knew nothing of their fate, leading some to commit suicide and starve themselves on the slave ships. Though there was a heavy loss of life during transport and upon arrival to the Americas and the Caribbean, at least 12 million Africans endured deadly conditions and began what is now called the African Diaspora. The Middle Passage had a great influence on many aspects of African culture due to the shared sense of pain and struggle that united the slaves and due to the ways they responded to oppression in the New World. Conditions of the Middle Passage contributed to the carving out of new cultural systems in New World slave plantation societies and resistance to slavery led to a retention of African cultures in many Caribbean countries that is still evident today. In this paper, I wish to argue that cultural and linguistic similarities between the people of Ghana and the people of Jamaica can be attributed

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