Slavery and Slave Trade in East and West Africa Comparison Essay

Slavery and Slave Trade in East and West Africa
Compares the practice of slavery and of slave trade in East and West Africa.
# 147656 | 1,620 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | KE
Published on May 29, 2011 in Ethnic Studies (Africa) , History (African) , Sociology (General) , Labor Studies (General)

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This paper looks at the similarities between slavery and slave trade in East and West Africa, first explaining that, throughout history like other areas, the African continent was closely connected with slavery not only as a region where slavery was widespread but also as a major source of slaves for other continents. The paper also relates that the slaves in East and West Africa were acquired for both internal and external demand by warfare, raiding and kidnapping, tribute and pawning and market supply. The paper further relates that both regions had the same needs for slaves and had comparable pre-colonial social structure that influenced the way in which they treated their slaves. Finally, the paper concludes that slave trade in Africa as a whole was more or less similar in all African countries.

Table of Contents:
Internal Trade
Means of Acquiring Slaves
Pre-Colonial Social Structure and Slavery
The Need for Slaves Internally
Effects of Slave Trade

From the Paper:

"There is sufficient evidence citing cases of East and West African control of segments of slave trade. The Yoruba of Nigeria and Ashanti of Ghana had economies largely dependant on the trade. East and West Africans for instance the Nyamwezi of Tanzania and the Kurtey of Mali would serve as mediators or nomadic groups of war with other African countries to capture Africans to be exported as slaves out of Africa. European and Arab officials in East and West Africa used extenuating circumstances to demand exploration so they could install rulers who were agreeable to their interests."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Derrick, Jonathan. Africa's slaves today. illustrated. New York: Schocken Books, 1975.
  • Kwaku, Person-Lynn. Afrikan Involvement In Atlantic Slave Trade. 2006. 29 May 2010 <>.
  • Nathan, Nunn. "The Long-Term Effects of Africa's Slave Trades." Quarterly Journal of Economics (2008): 123.
  • Patterson, Orlando. Slavery and social death: a comparative study. illustrated. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1982.
  • Perbi, Akosua. SLAVERY AND THE SLAVE TRADE IN PRE-COLONIAL AFRICA. Report. Indiana: Manchester College, 2001.

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