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Slavery and African Ethnicities in the AmericasRestoring the Links$
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Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829738

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876862_hall

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Lower Guinea: The Bight of Biafra

Lower Guinea: The Bight of Biafra

(p.126) Chapter Six Lower Guinea: The Bight of Biafra
Slavery and African Ethnicities in the Americas

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

University of North Carolina Press

The Atlantic slave trade from the Bight of Biafra rose rapidly during the eighteenth century and continued well into the nineteenth century, bringing a significant number of slaves to Cuba. This chapter explores when and what proportions of African ethnicities were shipped out of the Bight of Biafra. Since some ethnicities were shipped from more than one coast, descriptions of Africans in documents generated in the Americas can tell the proportions of ethnicities recorded among enslaved Africans in particular times and places in the Americas. There is strong evidence in these documents that the vast majority of Africans shipped from the Bight of Biafra were from the Igbo nation.

Keywords:   Atlantic slave trade, Bight of Biafra, slaves, Cuba, ethnicities, Africans, Americas, Igbo

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