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James H Sweet (2003)

Spanish and Portuguese Influences on Racial Slavery in British North America, 1492–1619

In: Collective Degradation: Slavery and the Construction of Race; Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Gilder Lehrman Center International Conference at Yale University, November 7-8, 2003, The Gilder Lehrman Center, New Haven.

From the author’s introduction: “In my earlier work, I suggested ways that Islamic ideas were passed on to the Spanish and Portuguese, concluding that many of the ideas that informed fifteenth-century Iberian society were already well formulated in the Islamic world. Here, I hope to show how Iberians completed the cycle, exchanging similar ideas about race and slavery with their English counterparts in the Atlantic world, ultimately creating broadly conceived “European” or even “white” identities. By highlighting some of the Atlantic connections that forged racial slavery and degradation, I will try to steer the discussion away from English/North American exceptionalism toward what I feel is more accurately a European problem, writ large.”

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