The Glossary lists key historical and contemporary terms related to the transatlantic slave trade. These words are used across the website and particularly in the Themes and Use of language.
There are currently 42 Terms in this directory beginning with the letter C.
A folk song or style of singing of West Indian origin having a lively rhythm and words which are usually made up by the singer
the islands off the east coast of North, Central and South America that were called the West Indies by Columbus
Exaggeration of the actions, parts or features of someone or something usually for comic or satirical effect
initially a festival preceding the Catholic season of Lent (a period of fasting from Ash Wednesday to Easter weekend); now refers to general annual festivities, usually with a procession and extravagant costumes, and often symbolically remembering an event in the past
a populist reform movement of the 1830s-40s, which set out a manifesto called ‘The People’s Charter’ aimed at increasing the rights of the working classes
a form of slavery, introduced by Europeans, in which the enslaved person is treated as a piece of property belonging to his or her owner and has no rights; this status is for life and their children automatically have the same status; chattel derives from the word for cattle
used to describe a group of animals and prisoners or enslaved people chained together in a line commonly used by slavers in the 18th century
a territory partially or completely controlled by another country (often called the mother country or motherland) and settled by those people
A derogatory term that was used to describe people of or belonging to a racial group having darker skin complexion than others. The term is a Eurocentric one which presupposes a position of ‘Whiteness’ and is no longer acceptable for use today.
The parts of something written or spoken that are near a certain word or group and help explain its meaning
An often long or heated discussion about something which there is a great difference of opinion
a person of mixed European and African descent; a language with different European and African influences; Creole culture formed by Africans in the Americas combining beliefs of different ethnic groups and adding in European and Christian ideas: Creole culture has evolved over time and is still important throughout the African Diaspora