Feeding Globalization: Madagascar and the Provisioning Trade, 1600-1800

Feeding Globalization: Madagascar and the Provisioning Trade, 1600-1800

by Jane Hooper


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Between 1600 and 1800, the promise of fresh food attracted more than seven hundred English, French, and Dutch vessels to Madagascar. Throughout this period, European ships spent months at sea in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, but until now scholars have not fully examined how crews were fed during these long voyages. Without sustenance from Madagascar, European traders would have struggled to transport silver to Asia and spices back to Europe. Colonies in Mozambique, Mauritius, and at the Cape relied upon frequent imports from Madagascar to feed settlers and slaves.

In Feeding Globalization, Jane Hooper draws on challenging and previously untapped sources to analyze Madagascar’s role in provisioning European trading networks within and ultimately beyond the Indian Ocean. The sale of food from the island not only shaped trade routes and colonial efforts but also encouraged political centralization and the slave trade in Madagascar. Malagasy people played an essential role in supporting European global commerce, with far-reaching effects on their communities.

Feeding Globalization reshapes our understanding of Indian Ocean and global history by insisting historians should pay attention to the role that food played in supporting other exchanges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821422540
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2017
Series: Indian Ocean Studies Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jane Hooper is an assistant professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations xi

Chapter 1 Feasts and Violence 1

Chapter 2 "The Richest and Most Fruitful Island in the World" 21

Chapter 3 The Sakalava From Warriors to Merchants 56

Chapter 4 The Betsimisaraka, Pirate Kings 76

Chapter 5 Rituals of Consumption, Rituals of Domination 91

Chapter 6 European Warfare and Imperialism 111

Chapter 7 Slaving Failures 131

Chapter 8 Exporting Violence to the Comoros 155

Chapter 9 From Feasts to Famine 170

Appendix Sources for Figures 177

Notes 181

Bibliography 287

Index 325

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