Senegambia and the Atlantic Slave Trade

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 13, 1998 - History - 358 pages
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Boubacar Barry is one of the leading figures in West African historiography. His authoritative study of 400 years of Senegambian history is unrivalled in its detailed grasp of published and unpublished materials. Taking as its subject the vast area covering the Senegal and Gambia river basins, this book explores the changing dynamics of regional and Atlantic trade, clashes between traditional African and emergent Muslim authorities, the colonial system and the slave trade, and current obstacles to the integration of the region's modern states. Professor Barry argues cogently for the integrity of the Senegambian region as a historical subject, and he forges a coherent narrative from the dismemberment and unification which characterised Senegambia's development from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. This newly-translated study is a vital tool in our understanding of West African history.
  

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Contents

Senegambia in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries dependence on the Sudan and the Sahara
5
Social dynamics in Senegambia
26
The Atlantic trading system and the reformation of Senegambian states from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century
36
The Partition of the Senegambian coast in the seventeenth century
46
Senegambia in the eighteenth century the slave trade ceddo regimes and Muslim revolutions
55
The slave trade in the eighteenth century
61
The strengthening of ceddo regimes in the eighteenth century
81
Muslim revolutions in the eighteenth century
94
Defeat of the holy warriors in northern Senegambia
195
Senegambia in the second half of the nineteenth century colonial conquest and resistance movements
207
Colonial imperialism and European rivalries in Senegambia
213
Lastditch resistance movements of legitimist rulers in northern Senegambia
223
The conquest of the Southern Rivers region
243
The balancing act of the Almamis of Timbo in their attempts to cope with centrifugal forces
263
Bokar Biro and the conquest of Futa Jallon
284
Mass resistance movements among the Joola and the Konyagi
294

The impact of the slave trade economic regression and social strife
107
Senegambia in the first half of the nineteenth century legitimate trade and sovereignty disputes
127
The crisis of the transAtlantic trading system and the triumph of legitimate trade in the first half of the nineteenth century
133
Popular rebellions and political and social crises in Futa Jallon
148
Futa Jallon expansion into the Southern Rivers region
158
The colony of Senegal and political and social crises in northern Senegambia
177
Conclusion
303
Notes
315
Bibliography
334
Index
350
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