Afro-European Trade in the Atlantic World: The Western Slave Coast, c. 1550- c. 1885 [Hardback]

Silke Strickrodt(Author)

ISBN: 9781847011107 | Published by: James Currey | Series: Western Africa Series | Volume: 6 | Year of Publication: 2015 | 280p, H9.25 x W6.25, 5 line.
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Afro-European Trade in the Atlantic World


From 1550 to colonial partition in the mid-1880s, trade was key to Afro-European relations on the western Slave Coast (the coastal areas of modern Togo and parts of what are now Ghana and Benin). This book looks at the commercialrelations of two states which played a crucial role in the Atlantic slave trade as well as the trade in ivory and agricultural produce: Hula, known to European traders as Grand Popo (now in Benin) and Ge, known as Little Popo (nowin Togo). Situated between the Gold Coast to the west and the eastern Slave Coast to the east, this region was an important supplier of provisions for Europeans and the enslaved Africans they purchased. Also, due to its positionin the lagoon system, it facilitated communication along the coast between the trading companies' headquarters on the western Gold Coast and their factories on the eastern Slave Coast, particularly at Ouidah, the Slave Coast's major slave port. In the 19th century, when the trade at more established ports was disrupted by the men-of-war of the British anti-slave trade squadron, the western Slave Coast became a hot-spot of illegal slave trading.
Providing a detailed reconstruction of political and commercial developments in the western Slave coast, including the transition from the slave trade to legitimate commerce, this book also reveals the region's position in the wider trans-Atlantic trade network and how cross-cultural partnerships were negotiated; the trade's impact on African coastal "middlemen" communities; and the relative importance of local and global factors for the history of a region or community.

Silke Strickrodt is Research Fellow in Colonial History, German Historical Institute London. She is co-editor (with Robin Law and Suzanne Schwarz) of Commercial Agriculture, the Slave Trade and Slavery in Atlantic Africa (James Currey, 2013).

Table of Contents

The regional setting
The Atlantic connection: Little Popo and the rise of Afro-European trade, c.1600 to 1702
The era of the warrior kings, 1702 to 1772
The era of the traders, 1772 to c.1807
Disintegration and reconstitution: political developments, 1820s to 1870s
From slaves to palm oil: Afro-European trade, c.1807 to 1870s
Epilogue: The colonial partition and its consequences, 1870s to c.1900

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