Senegambia and the Atlantic Slave Trade

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Taking as its subject the vast area covering the Senegal and Gambia river basins, this book explores the changing dynamics of regional and Atlantic trade, clashes between traditional African and emergent Muslim authorities, the slave trade and the colonial system, and current obstacles to the integration of the region's modern states. Professor Barry argues cogently for the integrity of the Senegambian region as a historical subject, and he forges a coherent narrative from the dismemberment and unification which characterised Senegambia's development from the fifteenth century to the nineteenth century. This newly translated study is a vital tool in our understanding of West African history.
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"Originally published in French in 1988 by this exile from Guinea living in Senegal, Barry's account of the 'geopolitical dismemberment' of the west African region that encompasses six contemporary states is encyclopedic in its details of the political history of the communities involved." R. T. Brown, Choice

"The author sheds more light and gives an extended analysis on the statistical data of the Atlantic slave trade.... ...the book will be an important resource for both undergraduate and graduate courses, not only for African history, but also for the Atlantic societies and economies." Canadian Jrnl of History

"Exhibiting a thorough knowledge of the history of the region, the author narrates the extraordinary complexity and mobility of its population, particularly migrations, and the rise and demise of numerous states and rulers." Johannes Postma, The Historian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521592260
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: African Studies Series, #92
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

I Senegambia from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century: a haven for incoming populations, a station for migrants on the move 1
1 Senegambia in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries: dependence on the Sudan and the Sahara 5
2 Social dynamics in Senegambia 26
3 The Atlantic trading system and the reformation of Senegambian states from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century 36
4 The partition of the Senegambian coast in the seventeenth century 46
II Senegambia in the eighteenth century: the slave trade, ceddo regimes and Muslim revolutions 55
5 The slave trade in the eighteenth century 61
6 The strengthening of ceddo regimes in the eighteenth century 81
7 Muslim revolutions in the eighteenth century 94
8 The impact of the slave trade: economic regression and social strife 107
III Senegambia in the first half of the nineteenth century: legitimate trade and sovereignty and disputes 127
9 The crisis of the trans-Atlantic trading system and the triumph of legitimate trade in the first half of the nineteenth century 133
10 Popular rebellions and political and social crises in Futa Jallon 148
11 Futa Jallon expansion into the Southern Rivers region 158
12 The colony of Senegal and political and social crises in northern Senegambia 177
13 Defeat of the holy warriors in northern Senegambia 195
IV Senegambia in the second half of the nineteenth century: colonial conquest and resistance movements 207
14 Colonial imperialism and European rivalries in Senegambia 213
15 Last-ditch resistance movements of legitimist rulers in northern Senegambia 223
16 The conquest of the Southern Rivers region 243
17 The balancing act of the Almamis of Timbo in their attempts to cope with centrifugal forces 263
18 Bokar Biro and the conquest of Futa Jallon 284
19 Mass resistance movements among the Joola and the Konyagi 294
Conclusion 303
Notes 315
Bibliography 334
Index 350
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