Stamped

by

Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

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Gomes Eanes de Zurara Character Analysis

Gomes Eanes de Zurara was the 15th-century Portuguese writer who chronicled Prince Henry the Navigator’s conquests in Africa. Kendi considers Zurara “the world’s first racist” because he was the first person to come up with a racial justification for slavery: he argued that Africans were “savages,” so Henry was Christianizing and civilizing them through slavery.

Gomes Eanes de Zurara Quotes in Stamped

The Stamped quotes below are all either spoken by Gomes Eanes de Zurara or refer to Gomes Eanes de Zurara. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers edition of Stamped published in 2020.
Chapter 1 Quotes

Zurara was the first person to write about and defend Black human ownership, and this single document began the recorded history of anti-Black racist ideas.

Related Characters: Jason Reynolds (speaker), Gomes Eanes de Zurara
Page Number: Chapter 1: The Story of the World’s First Racist 7
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Gomes Eanes de Zurara Character Timeline in Stamped

The timeline below shows where the character Gomes Eanes de Zurara appears in Stamped. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Story of the World’s First Racist
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...busy pillaging Muslim cities in North Africa, and one of his men, Gomes Eanes de Zurara, wrote a popular book about his conquests. Like many chroniclers, Zurara bragged about enslaving people.... (full context)
Chapter 2: Puritan Power
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After Zurara, other Europeans invented new racist ideas to defend slavery. Some defended the “climate theory”—that Africans... (full context)
Chapter 4: A Racist Wunderkind
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Cotton Mather’s ideas, like Gomes de Zurara’s, spread because they helped powerful people justify slavery. And as slavery grew in the U.S.,... (full context)