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Posted By: Steve Gardham
22-Mar-20 - 06:05 PM
Thread Name: The origin of Sea Chanteys
Subject: RE: The origin of Sea Chanteys
'Those English lyrics were written by White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, male "Ethiopians" not "African-Americans" or "Caribbeans." '

Not all of them. The earliest ones evolved from West African slave rowing songs sung in the Caribbean and Georgia Islands, 'Sally Brown' and a few others. Yes they were sung in English, but not necessarily created by white protestants. The later ones adopted after c1830, once chantying took off, I'm sure your description is correct, but still the big influence and initial impetus was workers in the Gulf ports.