Diasporic Africa Press (DAP) is an independent, nonprofit publisher of serious non-fiction books about the African world. Founded in 2010, DAP continues to provide adult and young readers with books in African world cultures, histories, and literature found nowhere else.
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Using diverse and new sources (archaeological, biomedical, climatological, linguistic, ethno-musical, oral historical, and documentary sources in Portuguese, German, Danish, French, and English), this groundbreaking study tells the story of West African peoples, the origins and character of their cultural forms and ideas, and how these Akan, or “pioneering peoples,” shaped the politics and societies of their homeland as well as those in the English, Danish, and Dutch colonies of the Americas, despite their relatively small numbers. The book demonstrates how this cultural group originating in West Africa, enslaved and transported to the Americas, engaged and yet went beyond the diasporic themes of maroonage, resistance, and freedom. Locating the Akan variable in the African diasporic equation allows scholars and students of Africa and the Americas to better understand how African histories and diasporic experiences cohere and how the diasporic quilt came to be and is still evolving.
—John Thornton, Boston University
Editor-in-Chief and Director
Diasporic Africa Press (DAP) is a nonprofit and global publisher of serious books about the African world, specializing in histories, cultures, literature and language. Targeting adults and young readers, our books are grounded in scholarship, written for accessibility, and designed to support discussion, teaching, and research.
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