Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Context of West African History

  title={Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Context of West African History},
  author={John D. Fage},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={393 - 404}
  • J. Fage
  • Published 1 July 1969
  • History, Economics
  • The Journal of African History
This paper examines three views which have been widely held about slavery and the slave trade in West Africa, and which have tended to mould interpretations of its history, especially for the period from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. These are: (1) That the institution of slavery was endemic in, and a natural feature of, indigenous West African society, so that when foreigners arrived in West Africa with a demand for slaves, West Africans were able immediately to organize an export… 

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