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Port of Cacheu, Guinea-Bissau

Port of Cacheu, Guinea-Bissau

December 10, 2021 00:45:59

Guests: Mark, Peter

Host: Alegi, Peter
Hawthorne, Walter


Episode 133

Precolonial Mande History and Early Contact with Europeans

Peter Mark (Emeritus, Art history, Wesleyan Univ.) on his personal and scholarly journeys through precolonial Mande worlds. He shares insights from decades of experience working with an eclectic range of primary sources and archives. He then discusses the history of a Portuguese Jewish diaspora in Senegal and Afro-European identities. The interview closes with Mark’s preview of his latest research on trade and culture in Casamance and Guinea-Bissau, from the 15th to the 17th centuries.

00:00:00 - 00:02:13 Introduction.
00:02:13 - 00:08:17 How Dr. Mark became a scholar of precolonial Mande cultures.
00:08:17 - 00:14:47 Mark discusses his creative use of eclectic primary sources.
00:14:48 - 00:23:52 Elaborates on salt cellars and what they reveal about cross-cultural interactions in African and Atlantic history.
00:23:53 - 00:37:31 Discussion of Portuguese Jewish diasporas and Afro-European identities in the Upper Guinea Coast.
00:37:32 - 00:45:08 Mark previews his MSU History Department lecture on trade and culture in Casamance and Guinea-Bissau, 15th-17th centuries.
00:45:09 - 00:45:59 Wrap up and Outro.