AfriGeneas World Research Forum
comparison German and British colonial claims Africa
Work is in progress for a paper to be presented at a conference in the USA during 2008. The content is a comparative analysis between the colonial claims of Germany and England to Africa (1914-1944).
Special interest is also shown regarding the Hanseatic and mercantile history of what is now present day Germany and influence on the development of mercantilism in Africa. We need not be reminded that slaves and the goods they produced by forced labour were economic assets that became capital. The Garvey Movement was aware of the history of Brandenburg Prussia, and the role in the slave trade. Brandenburg-Prussia began mercantile exploration on the coast of what is now Ghana from the early 1680's.
Africans were taken from the West Coast of Africa initially for the Court of the Great Elector. What became of those young African males? Did they marry into the German aristocracy or did they remain single. We do know that many became a part of the Brandenburg-Prussia military. What role did they have in the military other than musicians? Apparently Brandenburg-Prussia was impressed with the musical skills of Africans.
It is important to know where African DNA was distributed throughout Slavery.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
Dr. I.M. Spence-Lewis
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