By Donald R. Wright

Niumi, a small, little-known territory positioned at the financial institution of the Gambia River in West Africa, is apparently faraway from the reaches of global ancient occasions. And but the surface international has lengthy had an important - and more and more profound - effect on Niumi. This attention-grabbing paintings indicates how international occasions have affected people's lives during the last 8 centuries during this small area in Africa's smallest state. Drawing on written and oral testimony, and writing in a transparent and private type, Donald R. Wright connects 'globalization' with actual humans in a true position. This re-creation updates discussions of worldwide historical past and African background according to present stories and new advancements which were factored into the interpretive framework. Reflecting on contemporary visits to Niumi, Wright extends the tale into 2009, to contemplate the impression of worldwide recession and family political repression lower than a regime in strength for the prior fifteen years. Punctuating the narrative are photos, maps, and 'Perspectives' packing containers on chosen subject matters resembling the sale of slaves 5 centuries in the past, colonial sexism, the destiny of press freedom, and the way pop culture impacts transforming into up in a standard society. all through, the writer bargains with African heritage heavily, international traits severely, and human lives sensitively.

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I would make the same trip by car just a few days later. A problem with arrangements for my long stay forced me to fly back to Dakar, and to save money returning to The Gambia, I joined a crowd of nine people in one of those station wagons riding down the tarmac road to the ferry. Close up, Niumi was not so charming. It was hot and humid almost beyond belief. Just north of the Senegal-Gambia border we passed a couple of men working in fields of peanuts. They were squatting, it looked like weeding, chopping up clouds of dust with broad, flat, short-handled instruments.

1450 In the late summer of 1446, nearly half a century before Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic, a Portuguese knight and adventurer named Nuno Tristão sailed an armed caravel down Africa's west coast and into the mouth of the Gambia River. 1 He had reason to expect a hostile reception. For several years prior to this, sailors like Tristão had been capturing Africans along the Atlantic coast north of the Gambia and spiriting them back to Portugal. " Just inside the river's mouth Tristão launched two boats, with twelve armed men (including Tristão) in one and ten in the other.

Would that I could do more for all of them than write about their plight. Finally, I will forever be indebted to my mentor at Indiana University, Dr. George E. Brooks. He is the person who introduced me to both African and world history, and for over a quarter of a century he has kept me engaged with fresh ideas and new challenges involving each field. He is Chaucer's Oxford Cleric: "still a student though, One who had taken logic long ago. . " Page xv NOTE ON SOURCES AND ABBREVIATIONS In addition to standard published sources, I have used unpublished materials in several archives and libraries.

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