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African Studies: West African Slavery and Atlantic Commerce: The Senegal River Valley, 1700-1860 Series Number 77 (Hardback)
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African Studies: West African Slavery and Atlantic Commerce: The Senegal River Valley, 1700-1860 Series Number 77 (Hardback)

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Hardback 268 Pages / Published: 22/07/1993
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West 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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521440837
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is a very important book. It integrates the history of slavery into the wider history of the region. It is well documented and skillfully argued. Perhaps most important, Searing has helped to shift our attention from raw numbers exported to the ways in which the slave trade shaped African life. He has contributed to our understanding of not only slavery, but also of Senegalese history." African Studies Review
"...the book occupies a major niche in African and Atlantic history, as well as the more specialized field of Senegambian history, and will have a long scholarly life." David Eltis, The Northern Mariner

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