West African Slavery and Atlantic Commerce
The Senegal River Valley, 1700-1860
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West African Slavery and Atlantic Commerce by James F. Searing
Book DescriptionWest African societies were transformed by the slave trade, even in regions where few slaves were exported. While many books have been written on the import and export trade and on warrior predation, Dr Searing's concern is with the effects of the Atlantic slave trade on the societies of the Senegal river valley in the eighteenth century. He shows that the growth of the Atlantic trade stimulated the development of slavery within West Africa. Slaves worked as seamen in the river and coasting trades, produced surplus grain to feed slaves in transit, and sometimes came to hold 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521534529
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author James F. Searing
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Argues that growth of the Atlantic trade stimulated the development of slavery within West Africa. Dr Searing's concern is with the effects of the Atlantic slave trade on the societies of the Senegal River Valley in the 18th century.
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