|Title||Seventeenth-century west African trade: The relative importance of slaves and commodities in the Atlantic trade of seventeenth-century Africa|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1994|
|Journal||Journal of African History|
|Keywords||History, International trade, Slavery, Statistics|
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.