By Catherine Higgs
In Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa, Catherine Higgs lines the early-twentieth-century trip of the Englishman Joseph Burtt to the Portuguese colony of São Tomé and Príncipe—the chocolate islands—through Angola and Mozambique, and eventually to British Southern Africa. Burtt have been employed by way of the chocolate enterprise Cadbury Brothers restricted to figure out if the cocoa it was once purchasing from the islands have been harvested by means of slave workers forcibly recruited from Angola, an allegation that turned one of many grand scandals of the early colonial period. Burtt spent six months on São Tomé and Príncipe and a 12 months in Angola. His five-month march throughout Angola in 1906 took him from innocence and credulity to outrage and activism and finally helped switch exertions recruiting practices in colonial Africa.
This superbly written and interesting shuttle narrative attracts on collections in Portugal, the uk, and Africa to discover British and Portuguese attitudes towards paintings, slavery, race, and imperialism. In a narrative nonetheless commonly used a century after Burtt’s sojourn, Chocolate Islands unearths the idealism, naivety, and racism that formed attitudes towards Africa, even between those that sought to enhance the stipulations of its workers.
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Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa by Catherine Higgs