Paul E. Lovejoy FRSC

The Digitalization of Knowledge:
Tribal Ignorance and the African Diaspora

Paul E. Lovejoy FRSC
Distinguished Research Professor
Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History

Illustration #1: Our website is an invitation

Illustration #2-5: Canada images: Baquaqua, Clapperton, Perkins

In the first set of images, No. 2-5, Canada is a window that allows us to follow individuals who have connections into slavery and the African diaspora, the reformer, the novelist, and the victims, each of whom had his or her own response to slavery and all of whom are part of the story of resistance. By coincidence and without ever knowing, they had a relationship with Upper Canada that can be useful in informing our views of slavery and resistance to slavery.

Illustrations #6-31: Enslavement and the slave route to the Americas

Canada seems peripheral, especially when following the course of the slave trade, as represented in images Illustrations 6-31. The major focus is on Brazil, not Canada or even North America, and thereby helping to redress our image of Africans in the Americas as not being typically Africans in North America. There were many more Africans forced to move to the Caribbean than to North America, and even Hispanic America received more Africans than North America. In absolute demographic sense, therefore, Canada only had contact with a very few Africans and indeed very few descendants of Africans relatively speaking. Despite this apparent "marginality" of the African component in Canadian history, the examples of Clapperton, Baquaqua, Tubman, and Perkins expose the centrality of slavery in the history of the "western" world, even on the Canadian "periphery."

Illustrations # 32-46: The role of religion in transforming culture

Illustrations #47-71: The individuals of slavery

Illustrations #72-75: Ouidah - the Point of No Return