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Moving Inland: Archaeological Insights into the Possible Origins of the Slaves on the Shipwrecked Slever São José.

Author(s): Chafim Belson Braga

Year: 2017

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This paper reviews the findings of recent archeological and archival work undertaken in two slave taking areas, potentially related to the origin of the slaves carried from Mozambique in 1794 on the ventually shipwrecked slaving vessel, São José.  Resulting from the triangulation of archival sources and previously conducted archeological surveys, we present the results of preliminary field studies of two "arringas" (fortified camps in the Mozambican interior associated with the slave trade) - one in Muembe Niassa, and the other in Tete-both of which were contemporary with the São José, and one with documentation indicating potential direct linkages. One of this study represents a significant step in the development of a new approach by the Slave Wreck Project that aims to combine terrestrial and maritime archeology with archival and ethno-historical sources to trace the arc of slave trading networks from slaving origination to enslavement destination.  


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Moving Inland: Archaeological Insights into the Possible Origins of the Slaves on the Shipwrecked Slever São José.. Chafim Belson Braga. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435506)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America