São Tomé and Príncipe : from plantation colony to microstate /

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Author / Creator:Hodges, Tony
Imprint:Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1988.
Description:xviii, 173 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Language:English
Series:Profiles. Nations of contemporary Africa
Subject:Sao Tome and Principe
Sao Tome and Principe.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/901901
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Other authors / contributors:Newitt, M. D. D.
ISBN:081330380X (alk. paper)
Notes:Includes index.
Bibliography: p. 157-162.
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Hodges and Newitt, well known for studies of the former Portuguese African territories, here offer the first scholarly English-language general survey of the historically important African islands of Sao Tome and Principe. Located on the equator, the fertile islands were discovered by Portuguese explorers near the end of the 15th century. The early Portuguese and African settlers played key roles in the development of modern sugar-growing techniques, in the formation of the plantation system later used in the Americas, and in the trans-Atlantic African slave trade. When their sugar industry declined, beginning in the 1580s, Sao Tome and Principe endured decades of economic stagnation. Prosperity returned with 19th-century development of coffee and cocoa plantations. Soon thereafter the islands were notorious for abuses committed on the Africans working the crops. Hodges and Newitt skillfully present the islands' past, from colonial times to the present, giving additional attention to their populations and environments. An important contribution to understanding the growth and decline of the former Portuguese empire. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -N. R. Bennett, Boston University

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