Fighting the Slave Trade
West African Strategies
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: Ohio University Press
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The essays included in this volume were presented at a conference entitled “Fighting Back: African Strategies against the Slave Trade” held at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in February...
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Between the early 1500s and the late 1860s, an estimated twelve million African men, women, and children were forcibly transported across the Atlantic Ocean.1 About seven million were displaced through the Sahara desert and the Indian Ocean, in a movement that started in the seventh....
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The prominent role played by Dahomey (Benin) in the supply of captives for enslavement in the Americas is illustrated by the abundant literature on this old West African kingdom.1 Ouidah (Whydah in the English documents), its port of trade, is a familiar name to students and...
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Between the sixteenth century and the close of the nineteenth, the outskirts of Lake Chad were characterized by long-standing violence. This situation was due to the polities of central Sudan, situated at the...
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Although mythologies surrounding slave raids and the slave trade in Africa would have it that slavers were all but invincible, enjoying superiority in numbers and technology, the reality for both the Atlantic and Muslim commerce was often...
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Throughout the Senegambian kingdoms the European presence gave rise to a new era, leading to the disruption of the economic, political, and social life of most of the states of this region. After the rerouting...
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Historians looking at Africa during the period of the Atlantic slave trade have generally focused on the growth of slave-trading states and the extension of slave trade routes into the far interior. Writers like Patrick...
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In June 1829 a caravan left Timbo in Futa Jallon and headed south toward Monrovia, Liberia, carrying $6,000 to $7,000 in gold to be remitted to Ibrahima abd al-Rahman Barry, a son of the late ...
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Resistance by enslaved Africans to their status has been an important theme in the literature on transatlantic slavery. Most attention has focused on rebellion and other forms of resistance by slaves in...
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Igboland is among the areas of West Africa that experienced the most intensive slave-trading activities during the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Although the total number of Africans enslaved remains...
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Contemporary European observers and regional oral traditions allude to large-scale slave revolts and numerous fugitive enclaves in the Upper Guinea Coast in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries...
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Historians have been much more concerned with explaining questions surrounding how Africans produced, transported, and sold captives than with exploring African strategies against the...
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The first recorded shipment of captives from western Africa over the Atlantic by Europeans occurred in 1441 (Blake 1977, 5). These were victims of raids by the Portuguese in the small coastal...
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Violent and nonviolent resistance by Africans against their enslavement by Europeans has during the last half century been a constant theme in the literature on transatlantic slavery. That literature has helped...
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The historiography of Africa has yet to capture the horror and terror that accompanied the African dimension of the slave trade. Within world history it is the narrative of those who became African American...
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Publication Year: 2003