The Age of Discovery and the Emergence of the Atlantic World

  • James A. Noel
Part of the Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice book series (BRWT)


In this chapter, I will be constructing a framework for viewing the simultaneity of: (1) Roman Catholic Reform, the Protestant Reformation, and the Counter Reformation in Europe; (2) European global expansion through the Atlantic Ocean; (3) decimation and colonization of indigenous Americans; and (4) the enslavement of African during the “long sixteenth century.” This, I assert, is the preferred site for studying religion in the modern period as distinct from more typical approaches to the subject that treat these occurrences sequentially and independently. In so doing the false impression is conveyed that these historical happenings are incidental to one another with the consequent incomprehension of how modernity is comprised of their simultaneous interactions


Sixteenth Century Modern Period Slave Trade Atlantic World Slave Ship 
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