In this impressively researched and very readable study of the Western Slave Coast
, Silke Strickrodt examines the history of the multi-ethnic communities that came into being in that area of the Atlantic coastline that lay between the more studied polities of Accra and Anlo to the west, and Ouidah to the east.
In 1705, the RAC factor at Whydah on the Slave Coast
compiled "A List of Negro Provisions Supposed to be Best to be sent [from England] for 100 negroes.
Fernando Po was chosen to replace Freetown, but while its proximity to the slave coast
was a great advantage, it was just as unhealthy.
On the Slave Coast
, the Ewe incorporated the donkor into their pantheon of spirits.
And nowhere was this more prolific than in Benin in West Africa - the so-called Slave Coast
Historian Bailey focuses on an area in Ghana once called the Old Slave Coast
, where she interviewed more than 40 chiefs and other elders, who shared oral histories about the slave trade, acknowledging that black Africans themselves were traders as well as victims.
Bailey, who teaches African history at Spelman College in Atlanta, is herself of Afro-Caribbean extraction and has spent several years doing research along the stretch of southern Ghana once known as the Slave Coast
The average annual income is currently just Euro 240 in the country, which was once part of the so-called Slave Coast
from where millions of Africans were shipped abroad by Europeans from the 17th century onwards.
Among these readings was Robin Law and Kristin Mann's fascinating study of the connections between the Slave Coast
and Brazil that included discussion of former slaves who returned to West Africa from the New World and became slave traders.
The Gold Coast has changed into a complete Slave Coast
Aid workers in Benin, known as the Slave Coast
up to the 19th century, say hundreds of thousands have been taken from families into slavery.
Sibabe is a would-be mechanic from a poverty-stricken part of Africa formerly known as the Slave Coast
, who lived in a reed hut before coming to Europe.