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

Finn Fuglestad


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, surf-ridden coastline, subject to crashing breakers and devoid of permanent human settlement. Nor was it easily accessible from the interior due to a lagoon which ran parallel to the coast. The local inhabitants were not only sheltered against incursions from the sea, but were also locked off from it. Yet, paradoxically, this small coastline witnessed a thriving long-term commercial relationship between Eur ... More

Keywords: Trans-Atlantic slave trade, Slave Coast, Dahomey, Ouidah, Ssurf-ridden coastline

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190876104
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190876104.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Finn Fuglestad, author
University of Oslo