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 energy unearths a big territorial and colonial undertaking. Forts articulated the colonial and the metropolitan, and functioned as nodes in a mercantile empire, shaping early types of capitalism, reworking the worldwide political financial system, and producing a flood of pictures and concepts on an exceptional scale. this present day, they are often understood as energetic fabric legacies of empire that signify can provide, hazards and probabilities. Forts are marks and wounds of the background of human violence, but additionally well timed reminders that constructions by no means final eternally, stories of the fluidity of the fabric international. Illustrated through case reviews in Morocco, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe and Kenya, this e-book examines how this international yet chameleonic community of forts can supply helpful 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 international and beyond.

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