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‘To get a cargo of flesh, bone, and blood’: Animals in the slave trade in West Africa

Blakley, Christopher


This article examines how English and West African agents involved in the slave trade in Atlantic Africa used animals to establish trust, forge political bonds, connect distant spaces through a shared medium of exchange, and create regular trading networks from the late seventeenth century until the early eighteenth century. Slave traders from the Royal African Company and diverse West African polities offered each other livestock for sacrifice or as diplomatic gifts to formalise political or...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 2019-05
Type: Journal article
Source: International Review of Environmental History
DOI: 10.22459/IREH.05.01.2019.06
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher website


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