The Volta River Salt Trade: the Survival of an Indigenous Industry

  title={The Volta River Salt Trade: the Survival of an Indigenous Industry},
  author={I. B. Sutton},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={43 - 61}
  • I. Sutton
  • Published 1 January 1981
  • Geography
  • The Journal of African History
Salt has been produced in Ghana since at least the sixteenth century at many coastal sites. By the nineteenth century commercial production was concentrated in the lagoons east of Accra, and especially at Songor Lagoon just west of Ada. Here the Ada Manche and the priesthood controlled production. Much salt consumed in Asante and further north came from Accra, Ningo and Songor, and an increasing proportion went up the Volta River by canoe. The share of salt trade in the hands of the Ada traders… 
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