By João Sarmento
For greater than 500 years, the Portuguese equipped or tailored fortifications alongside the coasts of Africa, Asia and South the United States. At a macro scale, mapping this community of strength unearths a big territorial and colonial undertaking. Forts articulated the colonial and the metropolitan, and functioned as nodes in a mercantile empire, shaping early different types of capitalism, remodeling the worldwide political economic system, and producing a flood of pictures and concepts on an exceptional scale. this day, they are often understood as lively fabric legacies of empire that characterize gives you, risks and chances. Forts are marks and wounds of the historical past of human violence, but additionally well timed reminders that structures by no means final without end, stories of the fluidity of the cloth global. Illustrated via case reviews in Morocco, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe and Kenya, this booklet examines how this international yet chameleonic community of forts can provide useful insights into either the geopolitics of Empire and their postcolonial legacies, and into the intersection of colonialism, reminiscence, energy and house within the postcolonial Lusophone global and beyond.
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