African Influence in European Foods: Color Classification and Agricultural Production in Portugal and Angola, 1760-1860

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My project explores how agricultural production in Portugal and Angola contributed to shape the notions of race that circulated in the Portuguese Empire around the Atlantic between 1760-1860. I argue that crop cultivation followed Portugal’s needs of foodstuffs’ supplies in continental Europe. I study how local ideas of color classification mirrored and affected the organization of the Portuguese empire, helping to model notions of race that consecrated globally at this time. I will read primary sources on Portugal and the Portuguese Empire’s history at their major archives. I will also study the literature and engage with scholars while making part of the team of the Center for the Humanities of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa as a visiting researcher.


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