Seventeenth-century west African trade: The relative importance of slaves and commodities in the Atlantic trade of seventeenth-century Africa

TitleSeventeenth-century west African trade: The relative importance of slaves and commodities in the Atlantic trade of seventeenth-century Africa
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsEltis, D
JournalJournal of African History
Volume35
Pagination237
ISBN Number0021-8537
KeywordsHistory, International trade, Slavery, Statistics
Abstract

  According to Ernst van den Boogaart's essay entitled "The trade between western Africa and the Atlantic World, 1600-90: Estimates of trends in composition and value," the ratio of slaves lay between 52% and 68%. Evidence showing that slaves accounted for less than half the merchandise carried to Africa via the Atlantic throughout the 17th century is presented.