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Title:Pirates, Slavers, and the Indigenous Population in Madagascar, c. 1690-1715
Author:Bialuschewski, Arne
Year:2005
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Volume:38
Issue:3
Pages:401-425
Language:English
Geographic term:Madagascar
Subjects:culture contact
slave trade
piracy
history
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40033964
Abstract:In the second half of the 17th century, many chiefdoms in Madagascar's coastal regions were fused into larger polities, such as the Sakalava kingdoms of Boina. In the same period, the island became the chief destination of slaving expeditions into the Indian Ocean. Furthermore, the island became the principal refuge for several hundred European pirates in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Against this background, the author examines the various interactions between pirates, slave traders, and the Malagasy population. He shows that it was only in the course of the first decade of the 18th century that the pirates and the indigenous population overcame cultural differences and learned to profit from each other. The Malagasy gained access to material wealth and advanced martial skills, while the rovers found a place of refuge, far away from the rule of law. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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