West African Slavery and Atlantic Commerce: The Senegal River Valley, 1700-1860

West African Slavery and Atlantic Commerce: The Senegal River Valley, 1700-1860

by James F. Searing
     
 

The author shows how the societies of West Africa were transformed by the slave trade. The growth of the Atlantic trade stimulated the development of slavery within the region, with slaves working in the river and coasting trades or producing surplus grain to feed slaves in transit. A few held pivotal positions in the political structure of the coastal kingdoms of

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The author shows how the societies of West Africa were transformed by the slave trade. The growth of the Atlantic trade stimulated the development of slavery within the region, with slaves working in the river and coasting trades or producing surplus grain to feed slaves in transit. A few held pivotal positions in the political structure of the coastal kingdoms of Senegambia. This local slave system had far-reaching consequences, leading to religious protest and slave rebellions. The changes in agricultural production fostered an ecological crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521534529
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/30/2003
Series:
African Studies Series, #77
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
2252
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

l. Cosaan: 'the origins'; 2. Slavery and the slave trade in the Lower Senegal; 3. The Atlantic kingdom: maritime commerce and social change; 4. Merchants and slaves: slavery on Saint Louis and Gorée; 5. Famine, civil war, and secession, l750–l800; 6. From river empire to colony: Saint Louis and Senegal, l800–l860.

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