Slaves, Spices, and Ivory in Zanzibar; Integration of an East African Commercial Empire into the World Economy, 1770-1873

Slaves, Spices, and Ivory in Zanzibar; Integration of an East African Commercial Empire into the World Economy, 1770-1873

by Abdul Sheriff

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Slaves, Spices, and Ivory in Zanzibar; Integration of an East African Commercial Empire into the World Economy, 1770-1873 by Abdul Sheriff

The rise of Zanzibar was based on two major economic transformations. Firstly slaves became used for producing cloves and grains for export. Previously the slaves themselves were exported.

Secondly, there was an increased international demand for luxuries such as ivory. At the same time the price of imported manufactured gods was falling. Zanzibar took advantage of its strategic position to trade as far as the Great Lakes.

However this very economic success increasingly subordinated Zanzibar to Britain, with its anti-slavery crusade and its control over the Indian merchant class.

Professor Sheriff analyses the early stages of the underdevelopment of East Africa and provides a corrective to the dominance of political and diplomatic factors in the history of the area.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821408728
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 09/28/1987
Series: Eastern African Studies Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 317
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Abdul Sheriff is a professor of history at the University of Dar es Salaam and the author of The History and Conservation of Zanzibar Stone Town and coeditor of Zanzibar under Colonial Rule. He is also the principal curator of Zanzibar Museums.

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