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Author Higgs, Catherine.

Title Chocolate islands : cocoa, slavery, and colonial Africa / Catherine Higgs
Published Athens : Ohio University Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 230 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Joseph Burtt and William Cadbury -- Cocoa controversy -- Chocolate island -- Sleeping sickness and slavery -- Luanda and the coast -- The slave route -- Mozambican miners -- Cadbury, Burtt, and Portuguese Africa -- Cocoa and slavery
Summary "In Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa, Catherine Higgs traces the early-twentieth-century journey of the Englishman Joseph Burtt to the Portuguese colony of São Tomé and Príncipe - the chocolate islands - through Angola and Mozambique, and finally to British Southern Africa. Burtt had been hired by the chocolate firm Cadbury Brothers Limited to determine if the cocoa it was buying from the islands had been harvested by slave laborers forcibly recruited from Angola, an allegation that became one of the grand scandals of the early colonial era. Burtt spent six months on São Tomé and Príncipe and a year in Angola. His five-month march across Angola in 1906 took him from innocence and credulity to outrage and activism and ultimately helped change labor recruiting practices in colonial Africa. This beautifully written and engaging travel narrative draws on collections in Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Africa to explore British and Portuguese attitudes toward work, slavery, race, and imperialism. In a story still familiar a century after Burtt's sojourn, Chocolate Islands reveals the idealism, naivety, and racism that shaped attitudes toward Africa, even among those who sought to improve the conditions of its workers."--Project Muse
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Burtt, Joseph, 1862-1939 -- Travel -- Africa, West.
Cadbury, William A. (William Adlington), 1867-1957.
Cadbury Brothers -- History.
Cacao growers -- Sao Tome and Principe -- History.
Cacao -- Harvesting -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Cacao -- Harvesting -- Sao Tome and Principe -- History.
Forced labor -- Sao Tome and Principe -- History.
Slavery -- Sao Tome and Principe -- History.
Portugal -- Colonies -- Africa -- Administration.
Sao Tome and Principe -- Rural conditions -- History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0821414550 (hc : alk. paper)
0821414569 (pb : alk. paper)
0821420062 (pb : alk. paper)
0821440993 (electronic)
0821444220 (electronic bk.)
9780821414552 (hc : alk. paper)
9780821414569 (pb : alk. paper)
9780821420065 (pb : alk. paper)
9780821440995 (electronic)
9780821444221 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Cocoa, slavery, and colonial Africa