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This book considers commercial agriculture in Africa in relation to the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the institution of slavery within Africa itself, from the beginnings of Afro-European maritime trade in the fifteenth century to the early stages of colonial rule in the twentieth century. For Europeans, the export of agricultural produce represented a potential alternative to the slave trade from the outset and there was recurrent interest in establishing plantations in Africa or in purchasing crops from African producers. This idea gained greater currency in the context of the movement for the abolition of the slave trade from the late eighteenth century onwards, when the promotion of commercial agriculture in Africa was seen as a means of suppressing the slave trade.
Robin Law is Emeritus Professor of African History, University of Stirling; Suzanne Schwarz is Professor of History, University ofWorcester; Silke Strickrodt is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham.

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ISBN-13: 9781847011367
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 03/17/2016
Series: Western Africa Series , #7
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

The slave trade and commercial agriculture in an African context - David Eltis
São Tomé and Príncipe: The first plantation economy in the tropics - Gerhard Seibert
The export of rice and millet from Upper Guinea into the 16th-century Atlantic trade - Toby Green
'Our indico designe': Planting and processing indigo for export, Upper Guinea coast, 1684-1702 - Colleen E Kriger
'There's nothing grows in the West Indies but will grow here': European projects of plantation agriculture on the Gold Coast, 1650s-1780s - Robin Law
The origins of 'legitimate commerce' - Christopher Brown
Friederichsnopel: A Danish project of commercial agriculture on the Gold Coast, 1788-1793 - Per Hernaes
'The Colony has made no progress in agriculture': Contested perceptions of agriculture in the colonies of Sierra Leone and Liberia - Bronwen Everill
Church Missionary Society projects of agricultural improvement in the 19th century: Sierra Leone and Yorubaland - Kehinde Olabimtan
Agricultural Enterprise and Unfree Labour in Nineteenth-Century Angola - Roquinaldo Ferreira
Commercial agriculture and the ending of slave-trading and slavery in West Africa, 1780s-1920s - Gareth Austin

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