Wednesday, March 31, 2010

ROOTS: DISCOVERING YOUR AFRICAN ORIGINS, PT. III

PART III

IV. MAJOR SLAVE-TRADING REGIONS OF AFRICA AND THE MAJOR TRIBES OF THOSE REGIONS

Major slave-trading regions are in bold face type.

1. Angola: Bakongo, Luba, Lunda, & Ovimbundu
2. Bight of Benin: Ewe, Yoruba
3. Bight of Biafra: Hausa, Yorba
4. Congo: Bakongo, Malinke, Teke
5. Gold Coast: Ashanti, Fante, Ga, Lobi
6. Senegambia: Dyola, Wolof
7. Sierra Leone: Malinke, Temne
8. Windward Coast: Gola, Kru, Mende

V. MAJOR SLAVE-TRADING REGIONS OF AFRICA RANKED IN TERMS OF OVERALL NUMBERS OF SLAVES FURNISHED TO THE BRITISH NORTH AMERICA / UNITED STATES MARKET

Major slave-trading regions are in bold face type.

1. Angola
2. Senegambia
3. Bight of Biafra
4. Gold Coast
5. Windward Coast
6. Sierra Leone
7. Bight of Benin
8. Congo
9. Madagascar-Mozambique (some slaves were brought from here to New Netherlands in early 18th century)

Note: These can only be rough estimates based on tribal size numbers and relative popularity of an African slave trading region: no exact numbers are available, nor are they ever likely to be.

Compiled by Thomas A. Pearson, Reference Librarian
Special Collections Department
St. Louis Public Library
http://www.slpl.org/

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