African Rice And The Columbian Exchange Essay

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Judith A. Carney’s article, “African Rice in the Columbian Exchange” published in 2001 in the Journal of African History, discusses the fundamental role of Africans in shaping the New World through their knowledge of rice cultivation and African food crops. Carney wants to demonstrate the other side of the Columbian Exchange that gets overlooked by other studies and show how Africans are agents in shaping the New World, and that behind this labor force of slavery there is a skilled African with full knowledge of agricultural techniques for rice. This neglect is surprising given the fact that Europeans took African crops as provisions for slave ships that took course to the New World. Thus, Carney wants to credit Africans for their contribution in the cultivation of rice and distinctive cuisines in the New World that contain African crops by revising literature on the Columbian Exchange and visualizing the greater scope of the Columbian Exchange.
Carney goes about arguing her position by producing a before, during and after chronology in order to compare similarities in food crops and agricultural methods between the New World and Africa in order to demonstrate the role of Africans in the Columbian Exchange. First, Carney shows a list of diverse plants domesticated in Africa before the Columbian Exchange to state that Africa alone before the Columbian Exchange was a continent full of many food crops in the savanna, tropical region and the coast. Then, Carney focuses on a…

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