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Title:Slave trade, warfare and Aro expansion in the Igbo Hinterland
Author:Oriji, J.N.
Periodical:Genève-Afrique: acta africana
Geographic term:Nigeria
slave trade
Abstract:The Igbo were among the leading exporters of slaves from West Africa to Europe and the Americas from the 17th to the 19th century, This paper shows how the Aro of the Cross River basin area, Nigeria, emerged as the leading slave traders in the Igbo hinterland. It examines the strategies the Aro adopted in the different ecological zones of Igboland (the southeastern zone, southern Igboland, the riverine and coastal towns, northern Igboland) and the degree to which they used violence to expand in each zone. It argues that warfare was an important instrument for recruiting slaves in Igboland. Notes, ref., sum. in English, French and German (Also in: Transafr. J. Hist. - Vol. 16 (1987); p. 151-166).