Manioc in the Triangle Trade
By Celina Dickison
Manioc, also known as cassava, is a long, tuberous, starchy root that originated in North America, specifically in Brazil and other tropical areas. When the Europeans started to exploit the other regions resources, manioc was one of the resources that made the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean and made its way through Europe and Africa. In all three regions manioc was used as food and thickener for soups. It even became a staple in Africa. It is even used today, especially in developing countries because of how well it grows in poor soil conditions. Some of the recipes that it can be found in today are cassava bread, tapioca pudding, and Bâton de Manioc, or cassava sticks.