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Mastering the Niger: James Macqueen's African Geography and the Struggle Over Atlantic Slavery

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In Mastering the Niger, David Lambert recalls Scotsman James MacQueen (1778andndash;1870) and his publication of A New Map of Africa in 1841 to show that Atlantic slaveryandmdash;as a practice of subjugation, a source of wealth, and a focus of political struggleandmdash;was entangled with the production, circulation, and reception of geographical knowledge. The British empire banned the slave trade in 1807 and abolished slavery itself in 1833, creating a need for a new British imperial economy. Without ever setting foot on the continent, MacQueen took on the task of solving the andldquo;Niger problem,andrdquo; that is, to successfully map the course of the river and its tributaries, and thus breathe life into his scheme for the exploration, colonization, and commercial exploitation of West Africa.
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Lambert illustrates how MacQueenandrsquo;s geographical research began, four decades before the publication of the New Map, when he was managing a sugar estate on the West Indian colony of Grenada. There MacQueen encountered slaves with firsthand knowledge of West Africa, whose accounts would form the basis of his geographical claims. Lambert examines the inspirations and foundations for MacQueenandrsquo;s geographical theory as well as its reception, arguing that Atlantic slavery and ideas for alternatives to it helped produce geographical knowledge, while geographical discourse informed the struggle over slavery.

About the Author

David Lambert is a reader of Caribbean history in the Department of History at the University of Warwick, UK, and director of the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies. He is the author of White Creole Culture, Politics and Identity during the Age of Abolition and coeditor of Colonial Lives Across the British Empire. He lives in Reading, UK.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
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Chapter 1and#160;and#160; Mastering the Niger
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Part 1: Sources
Chapter 2and#160;and#160; andldquo;Mr. Parkandrsquo;s Bookandrdquo; and the Niger Problem
Chapter 3and#160;and#160; Keeping Account of Atlantic Commerce
Chapter 4and#160;and#160; Captive Knowledge
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Part 2: Courses
Chapter 5and#160;and#160; Credibility and Truth Making in the Atlantic World
Chapter 6and#160;and#160; Surveying Sierra Leone
Chapter 7and#160;and#160; Thomas Fowell Buxton and the Niger Expedition
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Part 3: Termination
Chapter 8and#160;and#160; Beyond the Niger
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Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226078069
Author:
Lambert, David
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
General History
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
28 halftones
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Engineering » Civil Engineering » Cartography
History and Social Science » Geography » General
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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