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Mastering the Niger
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Mastering the Niger: James MacQueen's African Geography and the Struggle over Atlantic Slavery

David Lambert


The book argues that Atlantic slavery – as a practice of subjugation, a source of wealth and a focus of political struggle – was entangled with the production, circulation and reception of geographical knowledge. On the one hand, the debate over slavery was informed by, and involved the deployment of, geographical discourses, practices and representational forms, including maps, surveys and regional comparisons. In addition, more abstract debates were staged about how it was possible to obtain knowledge about different Atlantic places and who was best placed to do so. On the other hand, Atlant ... More

Keywords: Slavery, Atlantic world, Abolition, Geography, Exploration, River Niger, James MacQueen, James M’Queen, James McQueen, Maps

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226078069
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226078236.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Lambert, author