Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa by Catherine Higgs

By Catherine Higgs

In Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa, Catherine Higgs strains the early-twentieth-century trip of the Englishman Joseph Burtt to the Portuguese colony of São Tomé and Príncipe—the chocolate islands—through Angola and Mozambique, and at last to British Southern Africa. Burtt have been employed through the chocolate enterprise Cadbury Brothers constrained to figure out if the cocoa it was once purchasing from the islands were harvested by way of slave employees forcibly recruited from Angola, an allegation that turned one of many grand scandals of the early colonial period. Burtt spent six months on São Tomé and Príncipe and a 12 months in Angola. His five-month march throughout Angola in 1906 took him from innocence and credulity to outrage and activism and finally helped swap hard work recruiting practices in colonial Africa.

This superbly written and interesting shuttle narrative attracts on collections in Portugal, the uk, and Africa to discover British and Portuguese attitudes towards paintings, slavery, race, and imperialism. In a narrative nonetheless generic a century after Burtt’s sojourn, Chocolate Islands unearths the idealism, naivety, and racism that formed attitudes towards Africa, even between those that sought to enhance the stipulations of its employees.

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Gua-Izé employed 1,668 African workers, and 163 children also lived on the estate. A daily diet of dried fish, rice, beans, bananas, and breadfruit plus meat once a week sustained the laborers. The mortality rate for children was very high (46 had died in 1904) and for adults very low (only 53 had died). Dysentery and anemia were the most commonly reported causes of death and, occasionally, smallpox. ” Angolan contract workers came from polygynous societies, a reality that Portuguese planters tended to condemn as evidence of sexual promiscuity and the cause of laborers’ poor health and low productivity.

Parks and gardens dotted Porto, and ships of all sorts crowded the shores of the Douro—small steamships, large sailing ships, and numerous barges transporting Douro wines downstream. Like Lisbon, and indeed like parts of Birmingham, Porto was poor. 34 In early October 1904, while Burtt studied Portuguese in Porto, Travers Buxton received a visit from Henry Nevinson. Like Edmund Morel, who used   Chocolate Islands the African Mail to expose atrocities in the Congo Free State, Nevinson was an activist journalist.

The ships returned to Africa filled with armed soldiers and very few trade goods. Morel eventually concluded that slave labor was being used on the concessions in the Congo Free State. In late 1903, he founded the Congo Reform Association to expose the atrocities. 30 Cadbury, Buxton, and Fox Bourne met in June 1903 to discuss possible representatives to send to Africa. The secretaries of the Anti-Slavery Society and the Aborigines’ Protection Society suggested three: a big-game hunter who, to his distress, had encountered slave traders in Angola; a Liverpool businessman with extensive interests in West Africa; and Herbert Ward, who had accompanied Henry Morton Stanley to Africa in 1887 and then written a book critical of the adventurer.

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