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Title:Building Creole Identity in the African Atlantic: Boundaries of Race and Religion in Seventeenth-Century Cabo Verde
Author:Green, TobiasISNI
Periodical:History in Africa (ISSN 1558-2744)
Geographic term:Cape Verde
group identity
social history
External link:https://doi.org/10.1353/hia.2010.0011
Abstract:This paper examines the early modern 'African Atlantic' and the issue of Creole identity in Cabo Verde. The commercial position of the Cabo Verde region in the trans-Atlantic trade in the 16th century was a central factor in the changing social and cultural framework of an insular identity in formation. In the early 17th century, as society changed with the exodus of Europeans following periods of drought, an autonomous identity emerged in Cabo Verde. Yet, at the same time, while Portugal could not impose its ideological vision through force thereafter, its ideas did trickle into Creole identity. The very existence of the concept of 'limpeša de sangue' (purity of blood), in whatever form, is evidence enough of this. More soberingly, the Caboverdean concept of 'limpeša' as specifically religious, springing from the Catholic Church's early ideological role in the slave trade, reveals the extent to which emerging Creole identity was circumscribed by external ideologies. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]