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Title:Samuel Hodges, Jr., and the symbiosis of slave and 'legitimate' trades, 1810s-1820s
Author:Brooks, George E.ISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Geographic term:Cape Verde
Subjects:international trade
About person:Samuel Hodges(Jr)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40282458
Abstract:During the last decades of the 18th century and the first decades of the 19th century, western African commerce was transformed by three developments. First, the governments of Portugal, France, and Britain annexed commercial entrepôts where for centuries Europeans and Eurafricans had traded with the permission of African landlords. A second development was the deployment of European and American warships to suppress the slave trade, and a third the growth of 'legitimate' trade in palm oil, timber, cow hides, beeswax, peanuts, and other agricultural and sylvan products that progessively linked the inhabitants of western Africa with the world economy. Samuel Hodges, Jr., was one of many New Englanders who engaged in legitimate commerce with western Africa during the 1810s and 1820s. He was the first American to establish a successful commercial business in the Cape Verde Islands. This article analyses Hodges's trade activities in Cape Verde from his arrival in 1818 until his death in 1827. Ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]