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Ouidah : the social history of a West African slaving 'port', 1727-1892

Author: Robin Law
Publisher: Oxford : James Currey, 2004.
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"Between the seventeenth and the nineteenth centuries Ouidah was the most important embarkation point for slaves in the region of West Africa known to outsiders as the 'Slave Coast'. This book deals with Ouidah's role in the operation of the slave trade and the problems presented by the transition from the slave trade to that of palm produce in the nineteenth century." "This study differs from earlier work on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Law
ISBN: 0852554982 9780852554982 0852554974 9780852554975
OCLC Number: 53912499
Description: 320 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Origins : Ouidah before the Dahomian conquest --
2. The Dahomian conquest of Ouidah --
3. Dahomian Ouidah --
4. The operation of the Atlantic slave trade --
5. De Souza's Ouidah : the era of the illegal slave trade 1815-39 --
6. The era of transition : from slaves to palm oil 1840-57 --
7. Dissension & decline : Ouidah under King Glele 1858-77 --
8. From Dahomian to French rule : 1878-92.
Responsibility: Robin Law.

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Ouidah, an African town in Dahomey, now Benin, was the principal pre-colonial commercial centre of its region and this is the first detailed study of the town's history and its role in the Atlantic  Read more...

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This work is a masterful chronological history of a community, especially the history of its merchant families. Although grounded in archival research, the book's collection of oral traditions from Read more...

 
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