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Theodore Cohen

was born in the town of Hopelchén, Campeche, on 7 January 1892 to Francisco José Baqueiro and Teodosía Fóster. Probably of Mayan and not of African descent, he was a relative of the famous nineteenth-century Yucatecan musician Chan Chil (Cirilio Baqueiro Prevé). Baqueiro Fóster attended primary school in Hopelchén before moving to Mérida, Yucatán, to continue his education. He learned to play the guitar, mandolin, violin, oboe, and flute, his instrument of choice. In 1921 he moved to Mexico City, and the following year he enrolled at the National Conservatory, where he studied with the renowned musical theorist Julián Carrillo. He later married Eloisa Ruiz Carvalho (1925–1980), a music critic and educator.

Baqueiro Fóster began to make a name for himself during Mexico’s First National Congress of Music in 1926 With fellow Carrillo disciple Daniel Castañeda he argued that Mexican composers could study indigenous music more accurately ...

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Elsie A. Okobi

Nigerian historian, educator, and archivist, was born on 17 December 1917 in Awka, eastern Nigeria. In 1933 he started his secondary education at Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, before moving to the prestigious Achimota College, Accra, Ghana, in 1936. Two years later he entered Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone, an affiliate of Durham University in England, which awarded Durham University degrees. Dike graduated in 1943 with bachelor of arts in English, geography, and literature and returned to Nigeria. In 1944 he went to the United Kingdom on a British Council Scholarship to the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he earned an MA in history. In 1947 he enrolled in Kings College, London, for doctoral studies in history. His 1950 dissertation “Trade and Politics in the Niger Delta 1830–1879” (published in 1956 has come to be appreciated as one of the greatest contributions to African historiography Among his ...

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Ross Michael Nedervelt

was born Diane Gail North to Basil and Audrey North in Nassau, The Bahamas. Saunders attended the venerated Queen’s College in Nassau before continuing on to the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1966. Saunders’s interest in Caribbean and Bahamian history originated from reading Michael Craton’s A History of the Bahamas, first published in 1962 and was further developed through her lengthy dialogues with Craton while he was living in Nassau She was particularly struck by Craton s observation that The Bahamas lacked an organized archives department and that a greater scholarly understanding of Bahamian slavery could be developed through further historical analysis During her third year of undergraduate study Saunders undertook the task of bringing Bahamian slavery to the academic forefront and began writing her thesis The Abolition and Amelioration of Slavery in the Bahamas ...