A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820 by John K. Thornton

By John K. Thornton

Precis: A Cultural historical past of the Atlantic global, 1250–1820 explores the concept powerful hyperlinks exist within the histories of Africa, Europe and North and South the United States. John ok. Thornton presents a finished assessment of the heritage of the Atlantic Basin ahead of 1830 by way of describing political, social and cultural interactions among the continents' population. He lines the backgrounds of the populations on those 3 continental landmasses introduced into touch by means of ecu navigation. Thornton then examines the political and social implications of the encounters, tracing the origins of quite a few Atlantic societies and displaying how new methods of consuming, ingesting, talking and worshipping constructed within the newly created Atlantic international. This publication makes use of shut readings of unique resources to supply new interpretations of its topic.

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26 Whether the original letter was from him or not, by 1250 or so, Prester John’s land was believed to be in Ethiopia. Wolfram von Eschenbach, author of the most important of the German versions of the stories of King Arthur’s knights, associated the Holy Grail with dark-skinned people, and one of his continuators held that the Grail Gomes Eanes de Zurara, Crónica do descobrmento e conquista de Guiné, ed. , Lisbon, 1978), cap. 7. I have cited the chapters to facilitate comparisons of the many editions and translations.

The sailors exploited the Little Wheel first because the end target of the Little Wheel – round-trip voyages to sub-Saharan Africa – connected merchants to a known objective of proven commercial value. European maps of the day regularly revealed the course of the major rivers (although they joined the Senegal and Niger Rivers into a single stream often called the Nile of the Blacks) and correctly named the towns. A handful of Europeans had even traveled across the desert to Africa, and of course many Muslims from North Africa had as well.

268. 20 The existence of the current must also have been common knowledge to the coastal people of the region, and perhaps also the Mansa Musa. Perhaps knowing of this current of no return would have reassured him that Qu would not return to claim his heritage. 17 14 The Atlantic Background The key to crossing and recrossing the Atlantic in sailing craft lies in a special feature of the two opposing currents. In the central Atlantic, not far from the Azores Islands, the outlying eddies of the currents come close to each other.

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