The legacy of Balantas being ethical defenders of freedom persisted well into the 21st century. Amicar Cabral, leader of the 1960’s Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde fight against Portuguese colonial rule, acknowledged Balanta farmers for being among the first to join the revolutionary gorilla war because of “their decentralized and egalitarian social organization.”
Click here to learn more about the honorable Balanta, Africans steeped in cultural values that prohibited selling fellow Africans into slavery. Gain access to a fuller history of how Africans protected each other from the destructive schemes of invaders.
Bonus: Click here www.Balanta.org to access The Balanta B’urassa History and Genealogy Society in America that helps connect Balanta descendants in the U. S. and elsewhere, to their history and community.