Slave Coast


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Slave Coast,

name given by European traders to the coast bordering the Bight of Benin on the Gulf of Guinea, W Africa. It was the principal source of slaves from W Africa from the 16th cent. to the mid-19th cent.

Slave Coast

 

part of the seacoast of the Gulf of Guinea (Bight of Benin) in Africa between the Niger and Volta rivers. The shore is low-lying and marshy, with lagoons and channels. In the mouths of the rivers and along the shores of the lagoons are mangrove thickets, and beyond them secondary savannas in the west and evergreen forests in the east. The Slave Coast acquired its name from the fact that in the 16th to 18th centuries it was one of Africa’s main areas of the slave trade.

Slave Coast

the coast of W Africa between the Volta River and Mount Cameroon, chiefly along the Bight of Benin: the main source of African slaves (16th--19th centuries)
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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.
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.