Seminar: "The Early Expansion of Portuguese Colonialism in West-Central Africa"


Location: Via Zoom

Work-in-Progress Seminars are designed to generate in-depth discussion of new scholarly work. In accordance with University guidelines for social distancing, these seminars will offer a possibility of remote participation. To attend, please register here for the pre-circulated paper and instructions on how to join by computer or phone.

A Kellogg Work-in-Progress Seminar with Dissertation Year Fellow Esteban Alfaro Salas (history).

In response to the expansion of slavery and Portuguese colonialism in the region of Benguela, Angola, during the first half of the nineteenth century, captives resisted by fleeing and changing owners, hoping to pursue better life conditions and strengthen their circles of protection. These cases constituted a threat to Portuguese laws on property and labor, since these individuals stayed within colonial jurisdiction and remained with the slave status. They were part of a resistance against colonialism that persisted for decades and ended up shaping the struggle for independence in Angola in the second half of the twentieth century, showing long-term past-present connections.