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Lower Guinea: Ivory Coast, Gold Coast, Slave Coast/Bight of Benin

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

in Slavery and African Ethnicities in the Americas: Restoring the Links

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807829738
eISBN:
9781469605180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807876862_hall.9
Subject:
History, African-American History

The Lower Guinea coasts named by maritime traders as the Ivory Coast, the Gold Coast, and the Slave Coast on the Bight of Benin were major sources of enslaved Africans brought to the Americas. This ... More


The Database and the Slave Trade from the Slave Coast

Finn Fuglestad

in Slave Traders by Invitation: West Africa's Slave Coast in the Precolonial Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190876104
eISBN:
9780190943110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876104.003.0007
Subject:
History, African History

The monumental Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade database has its limitations. It tells us, however, that of the 12 million (or more) slaves embarked from Africa for America, around 2 million (or more) came ... More


The Slave Coast: A General Presentation

Finn Fuglestad

in Slave Traders by Invitation: West Africa's Slave Coast in the Precolonial Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190876104
eISBN:
9780190943110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876104.003.0002
Subject:
History, African History

Apart from the Yoruba in the east and the north, most people of the Slave Coast spoke the Gbe language. The author briefly touches upon the debate about Gbe ‘language’ or ‘languages’, arguing that ... More


Focus on the European Side

Finn Fuglestad

in Slave Traders by Invitation: West Africa's Slave Coast in the Precolonial Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190876104
eISBN:
9780190943110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876104.003.0008
Subject:
History, African History

The Portuguese were (from 1471) the European “pioneers” everywhere in West Africa. They were interested in gold, hence the region called ‘the Gold Coast’ (Ghana today). The slave trade, and ... More


Slave Traders by Invitation: West Africa's Slave Coast in the Precolonial Era

Finn Fuglestad

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190876104
eISBN:
9780190943110
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876104.001.0001
Subject:
History, African History

The small Slave Coast between the river Volta and Lagos, and especially its central part around Ouidah, was the epicentre of the slave trade in West Africa. But it was also an inhospitable, ... More


The Long Goodbye

Finn Fuglestad

in Slave Traders by Invitation: West Africa's Slave Coast in the Precolonial Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190876104
eISBN:
9780190943110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876104.003.0019
Subject:
History, African History

The ruler of Dahomey from 1797 (up until possibly 1818) was Adandozan. But his reign has been erased from oral memory and the local tradition. Why this is so, constitutes another mystery in Dahomean ... More


Continuation

Finn Fuglestad

in Slave Traders by Invitation: West Africa's Slave Coast in the Precolonial Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190876104
eISBN:
9780190943110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876104.003.0018
Subject:
History, African History

From around the 1760s, we enter into the Age of the Atlantic Revolutions with the corresponding growing opposition in many quarters to slavery and the slave trade. The pivotal date is 1807 when ... More


Convulsions Further West

Finn Fuglestad

in Slave Traders by Invitation: West Africa's Slave Coast in the Precolonial Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190876104
eISBN:
9780190943110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876104.003.0012
Subject:
History, African History

The chapter seeks to map what happened west of Allada/Dahomey, on the Western or “Little” (peripheral) Slave Coast. It was conditioned in part by occurrences on the Gold Coast – the center of the ... More


Societal, Religious and Political Structures: A Model

Finn Fuglestad

in Slave Traders by Invitation: West Africa's Slave Coast in the Precolonial Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190876104
eISBN:
9780190943110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876104.003.0004
Subject:
History, African History

This chapter presents a model for the understanding of the “traditional” societies of the Slave Coast and, in fact, of most of West Africa. It explores concepts which are not prevalent in the ... More


Epilogue

Finn Fuglestad

in Slave Traders by Invitation: West Africa's Slave Coast in the Precolonial Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190876104
eISBN:
9780190943110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876104.003.0020
Subject:
History, African History

In the epilogue, the author laments the marginalization of African history even in this day of global history. He then puts forward the claim that the sorts of sacred/pagan societies we have ... More


A Few Comments on Certain Economic Matters

Finn Fuglestad

in Slave Traders by Invitation: West Africa's Slave Coast in the Precolonial Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190876104
eISBN:
9780190943110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876104.003.0006
Subject:
History, African History

This chapter argues that the economic behavior of the people of the Slave Coast cannot be adequately explained by concepts drawn from market economics or from Marxism for that matter. Instead, ... More


More About the Tegbesu Era

Finn Fuglestad

in Slave Traders by Invitation: West Africa's Slave Coast in the Precolonial Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190876104
eISBN:
9780190943110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876104.003.0017
Subject:
History, African History

Tegbesu tried to get around his problem of legitimacy by manipulating the ideological-religious sphere. In particular, he promoted the cult of Mawu-Liisa, the Supreme Deity, and tried to link it to ... More


Allada, its Vassals and Neighbours, and the Europeans

Finn Fuglestad

in Slave Traders by Invitation: West Africa's Slave Coast in the Precolonial Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190876104
eISBN:
9780190943110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876104.003.0010
Subject:
History, African History

It is clear that Allada, reputedly founded by people from Tado, was for long the main polity on the Slave Coast. It is also clear that it was a polity of the traditional kind, typical of West Africa ... More


Aftermath and General Considerations

Finn Fuglestad

in Slave Traders by Invitation: West Africa's Slave Coast in the Precolonial Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190876104
eISBN:
9780190943110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876104.003.0015
Subject:
History, African History

This chapter explores how Dahomey did not really manage to stabilize the situation and especially failed to conquer new regions, a negative mark for a warrior state whose raison d’être was precisely ... More


The African Side the Early/Legendary Past

Finn Fuglestad

in Slave Traders by Invitation: West Africa's Slave Coast in the Precolonial Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190876104
eISBN:
9780190943110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876104.003.0009
Subject:
History, African History

The village of Tado in the north looms large in some local traditions. It was possibly the first general polity of the region (a theory supported by archaeological findings). What we think we know is ... More


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