Tuesday, 2 October 2012


Kidnapped Sold into Slavery

Once captured for slavery, the Slave could change hands several times, with each new master selling them on for a higher price. The main currency was the cowrie shells, a slave could be bought for as little as 50 cowrie shells, this rising at each new sale point reaching about 175 at the last point before reaching European Trading posts. The Europeans exchanged them for gifts of firearms, gunpowder, cutlasses, crossbows, gin, spice and luxury products like beads and woven cloth.

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