African American Heritage & Ethnography African Nation Founders: Africans in the Low Country—Self Assessment

Learning from the Past: Assess Your Knowledge

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  1. Low Country colonies contained within its borders enough skilled European labor to effectively cultivate rice and indigo.

    1. True


    2. False

      Correct. Africans were needed to aid in producing indigo and rice and were instrumental in introducing soil and water management techniques to Low Country that allowed for rice and indigo cultivation- techniques learned on the African continent.

  2. Gender roles in rice production no longer resembled those found on the African continent because:

    1. women were no longer involved in the process due to the negative effects of labor associated with rice cultivation on female reproduction.


    2. men were no longer principle producers in the production and harvesting of rice.


    3. women gained additional prestige as a result of the quality of rice produced after the pounding process.


    4. men and women were now needed to pound rice as a result of an expanding rice economy.

      Correct. In Africa women traditionally were taught to pound rice, a process that required great skill, while men did other work like preparing rice embankments and ditches. As a result of the expanding rice economy in Low Country, there was a need to enlist the help of men to increase production for sale outside of the colony.

  3. Select the Best answer to complete the sentence:

    The task system in Low Country:

    1. allowed for the emergence of an internal slave economy.


    2. distinguished between time for the enslaved and time for the plantation owners.


    3. allowed enslaved people to gain a measure of autonomy.

      Correct. “Free” time for the enslaved allowed for the development of subsistence items to sell and money to gain personal property. Through networks resulting from trading and selling, an internal slave economy developed which also helped to maintain family and social ties as well as establish human identity for the enslaved.

    4. none of the above.


  4. Which of the statements below is FALSE:

    1. Low Country climate, landscapes and wetland were similar to those found in West and West Central Africa.


    2. South Carolina was the largest direct importer of Africans for enslavement on the North American mainland.


    3. Colonoware bowls are ceramic bowls created by European colonists and later acquired by people of African descent and used in their daily lives.

      Correct. It is believed that colonoware was made by Africans and African Americans. It is also believed that the pottery is of West African derivation or an amalgam of West African cultures due to the fact that they appear independently among enslaved Africans on the North American mainland, Nevis Antigua, Jamaica and St. Martin.

    4. As time in the colonies passed, divisions were created among people of African descent in terms of region, occupation, country of origin, skin color, and social status.