The enslaved Africans brought directly from the coast had very little to no contact with the English language upon their arrival to the United States. The system of slavery on the coast was very unique and different from the common historical accounts of slavery. Because of illness caused by malaria and heat, it was difficult for the White population on the Coast to grow. For example, along the coast of South Carolina there was only 1 white family to every 20 families of enslaved Africans (Turner, 4). Many enslaved Africans on the Coast never answered to a White master. African overseers working under the White masters often conducted the coastal plantations (Turner, 5). This isolation of enslaved Africans among the coast from White Americans and the English language, caused the initial development of the Gullah language.
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...phy) that allowed me to reach out to the presence of my ancestor’s spirits. In the dungeon, I said to them “ It’s alright I am yours and I made it back, mine will too”. Without an understanding of African spirituality and philosophy I would not possess the language to honor my ancestors. Being that I have been raised in European territory, I can fairly state that Europeans may have a means of connecting with spirituality and philosophy but it is surely not embedded in the common use of their language as it is in the African language and identity. This ancient treasure of language will continue to exist through the resistance of the African diaspora. Our sacred tongues may have been penetrated with inhumane and underdeveloped filthy words and thoughts that denounced our royalty, but yet our language, spirituality, and philosophy will always prevails.
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