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Title:The importance of Mande textiles in the African side of the Atlantic trade, ca. 1680-1710
Author:Kriger, ColleenISNI
Periodical:Mande Studies
Geographic term:West Africa
mercantile history
international trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/44035616
Abstract:Production and trade of cotton textiles in West Africa go back at least a millennium, creating a 'cotton culture' that spawned centres producing cottons for export. This article focuses on a number of such centres that were located in the hinterlands of Senegambia and the Southern Rivers regions of the Upper Guinea Coast in the 17th century. Speakers of Mande languages were among the producers and traders of these textiles, which Europeans recognized as items that were essential in the coastal and trans-Atlantic trade. Archival sources documenting this trade reveal some of the names of the trade cloths, their prices, and their vital role as commodity currencies that paid for goods and services. Locally made cotton textiles were for the most part relatively lower in price than overseas imports and thus were able to successfully compete with them in the marketplace. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]