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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Borgu in the Atlantic Slave Trade
Authors:Law, Robin R.ISNI
Lovejoy, Paul E.ISNI
Periodical:African Economic History
Geographic terms:Benin
Subjects:slave trade
Borgu polity
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3601658
Abstract:This article draws together the evidence which relates to the involvement of Borgu (in present-day Nigeria and Benin) in the Atlantic slave trade, mainly in contemporary European sources. It begins with a summary of relevant material in the account of Hugh Clapperton, the first European known to have travelled through Borgu, in March and April 1826, which is the earliest source to give any detailed information on the region's linkages to the Atlantic trade. It then reviews earlier evidence, from the 17th and 18th centuries, which, although limited and often obscure in itself, can be interpreted and elucidated in part by reference to the later and fuller account of Clapperton. It is suggested that this material provides the basis for a reasonably clear picture of the earlier stages of Borgu's involvement in the supply of slaves for the Atlantic trade. Finally, the authors draw attention to the existence of relevant evidence from the testimony of victims of the slave trade. Notes, ref.