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Ibrahim K. Sundiata
March 2, 1996

Fernando Po, home to the Bantu-speaking Bubi people, has an unusually complex history. Long touted as the key to West Africa, it is the largest West African island and the last to enter the world economy. Confronted by both African resistance and ecological barriers, early British and Spanish imperialism foundered there. Not until the late nineteenth century did foreign settlement take hold, abetted by a class of westernized black planters. It was only then that Fernando Po developed a plantation economy dependent on migrant labor, working under conditions similar to slavery. In From Slaving to Neoslavery, Ibrahim K. Sundiata offers a comprehensive history of Fernando Po, explains the continuities between slavery and free contract labor, and challenges standard notions of labor development and progress in various colonial contexts. Sundiata's work is interdisciplinary, considering the influences of the environment, disease, slavery, abolition, and indigenous state formation in determining the interaction of African peoples with colonialism. From Slaving to Neoslavery has manifold implications. Historians usually depict the nineteenth century as the period in which free labor triumphed over slavery, but Sundiata challenges this notion. By examining the history of Fernando Po, he illuminates the larger debate about slavery current among scholars of Africa.

Fermín Nguema Esono and Juan Balboa Boneke
January 1, 1996

Book written by two Equatoguineans about the political and social history of the transition up to the 1992 constitution, and analyzing the reasons for the failure of democracy.

Cesar A. Bosoka
January 30, 1996

The object of the book is to explain who are the Bubis and what are the reasons that have lead us into this labyrinth, which began with the destruction of their culture. The destruction initiated with the appearance of the first explorers, passing through many social transformations up to today. And from these changes, we see the birth of cultural mixing imposed by colonization on the people who they used like slaves to exploit the island. They also brought a decentralization that has endangered our culture and our very existence as a people, confusing and displacing our own reality with imposed western religions.

Antonio Rumeu de Armas
January 27, 1996

History of Las Palmas, the Canary Islands and other Spanish holdings in Africa on the Atlantic, including Equatorial Guinea.

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