By Pernille Ipsen

Severine Brock's first language used to be Ga, but it was once now not awesome while, in 1842, she married Edward Carstensen. He used to be the final governor of Christiansborg, the citadel that, within the eighteenth century, have been the guts of Danish slave buying and selling in West Africa. She used to be the descendant of Ga-speaking girls who had married Danish retailers and investors. Their marriage might were commonly used to Gold Coast investors going again approximately one hundred fifty years. In Daughters of the Trade, Pernille Ipsen follows 5 generations of marriages among African girls and Danish males, revealing how interracial marriage created a Euro-African hybrid tradition particularly tailored to the Atlantic slave trade.

Although interracial marriage was once prohibited in ecu colonies through the Atlantic international, in Gold Coast slave-trading cities it turned a well-known and revered customized. Cassare, or "keeping house," gave eu males the help of African girls and their family members, which used to be crucial for his or her survival and luck, whereas African households made alliances with ecu investors and secured the legitimacy in their offspring via making the unions official.

For a long time, Euro-African households lived in shut proximity to the violence of the slave exchange. Sheltered via their Danish names and connections, they grew prosperous and influential. yet their robust place at the Gold Coast didn't expand to the wider Atlantic international, the place the hyperlink among blackness and slavery grew improved, and the place Euro-African descent didn't warrantly privilege. by the point Severine Brock married Edward Carstensen, their international had replaced. Daughters of the Trade uncovers the important position interracial marriage performed within the coastal slave alternate, the construction of racial distinction, and the expanding stratification of the early smooth Atlantic world.

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