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By Jeremy Rich Ph.D. MA BA

ISBN-10: 0803207417

ISBN-13: 9780803207417

ISBN-10: 0803210914

ISBN-13: 9780803210912

In Libreville, the capital of the African state of Gabon, the colonial prior has developed right into a current indelibly marked through colonial rule and ongoing French impression. this is often specially obtrusive in parts as necessary to existence as foodstuff. during this advanced, hybrid culinary tradition of Libreville, croissants are as on hand as plantains. but this related culinary range is observed via excessive costs and an absence of in the neighborhood made nutrients that's bewildering to citizens and viewers alike. A dazzling two-thirds of the country’s foodstuff is imported from outdoor Gabon, making Libreville’s rate of dwelling corresponding to that of Tokyo and Paris. during this compelling examine of nutrients tradition and colonialism, Jeremy wealthy explores how colonial rule in detail formed African existence and the way African townspeople constructed inventive methods of dealing with colonialism as ecu growth threatened African self-sufficiency.
 
From colonization within the 1840s via independence, Libreville struggled with difficulties of nutrients shortage caused by the legacy of Atlantic slavery, the violence of colonial conquest, and the increase of the trees export undefined. Marriage disputes, racial tensions, and employee unrest frequently based on nutrients, and townspeople hired diversified strategies to wrestle its shortage. eventually, imports emerged because the answer and feature had a long-lasting impression on Gabon’s culinary tradition and economy.
 
Fascinating and informative, A Workman Is important of His Meat engages a brand new road of historic inquiry in studying the tradition of nutrients as a part of the colonial event and resonates with the questions of globalization dominating culinary economics today.
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The manner in which Mpongwe people ate expressed volumes on how rooted domestic slavery had become in their society. Where Mpongwe people saw labor-saving techniques and hospitality, missionaries and administrators saw degeneration. For a people deemed incorrigibly lazy by so many observers, Mpongwe people constructed a food supply system that, even with some serious drawbacks, remained in place until the arrival of Fang migrants in the Gabon Estuary by the 1880s. How Mpongwe people obtained food in the nineteenth century and the ways in which slavery influenced consumption patterns can be reconstructed from a foundation of missionary reports, official correspondence, accounts by travelers, and oral traditions.

Some Mpongwe pillaged shipwrecked French vessels. French officers obtained legal rights from the famed Mpongwe trader Rapontchombo during 1839. Rapontchombo agreed to accept claims of French the gabon estuary and the atlantic world 9 authority but encouraged officers to set up a base among his Agakaza clan rivals on the north side of the river. 52 While Rapontchombo was left to conduct his affairs without interference in the 1840s, Europeans took a much sterner view toward other clan chiefs. Bouet-Willaumez and other French military men distrusted Agakaza leaders who had raided and robbed several French vessels.

European firms scoured Gabon searching for ivory, rubber, and dye wood, and they needed Mpongwe intermediaries. French commandants slowly extending their reach from Libreville also relied on Mpongwe interpreters and office workers. One result of this evolution was the flow of foreign goods and hard currency in Libreville. By the 1870s European money was in common use. 78 It is little wonder that Mpongwe people repeatedly expressed their view of themselves as civilized people worthy of legal equality with any French citizen.

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