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Title:Women and trade in the Guinea Bissau region: the role of African and Luso-African women in trade networks from the early 16th to the mid 19th century
Author:Havik, Philip J.ISNI
Periodical:Studia: revista semestral
Geographic terms:Senegal
Subjects:mercantile history
Abstract:This essay deals with the development of trade networks and the changing roles of African women in these networks in the Guinea-Bissau region, i.e. present-day Guinea-Bissau and the Casamance region of Senegal, from the early 16th to the mid-19th century. The first part of the essay discusses primary historical sources on the Guinea-Bissau region and the problems associated with distilling gender-specific data from them, focusing on lacunae and inaccuracies in travellers' accounts. The influence of Atlantic and trans-Atlantic trade on the development of African and Luso-African trade networks is analysed in the second part, with special emphasis being put on the dynamics of exchange relations dominated by women and the implications of new forms of female commercial involvement for the different sex-gender systems operating in the area. The incorporation of women into the networks created by European and Luso-African traders in conjunction with the agrarian societies along the coast and rivers of the region is viewed as the basis for the emergence of new forms of revenue generating strategies devised by African and Luso-African women through the 'Atlantic connection'. Bibliogr., gloss., notes, ref.