Slave Coast


Slave Coast
the coast of W equatorial Africa, between the Benin and Volta rivers: a center of slavery traffic 16th-19th centuries.

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region, West Africa
      in 18th- and 19th-century history, the section of the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, in Africa, extending approximately from the Volta River in the west to Lagos, in modern Nigeria, or, alternatively, the Niger Delta in the east (in the present-day republics of Togo, Benin, and Nigeria). Although Germans, Danes, French, Portuguese, Swedish, and Spanish made efforts to establish forts and stations in this coastal region, it became primarily a sphere of Afro-British and Afro-Dutch trade in slaves and in various commodities.

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  • Slave coast — Slave Slave (sl[=a]v), n. [Cf. F. esclave, D. slaaf, Dan. slave, sclave, Sw. slaf, all fr. G. sklave, MHG. also slave, from the national name of the Slavonians, or Sclavonians (in LL. Slavi or Sclavi), who were frequently made slaves by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slave Coast — W African coast between the Volta & Niger rivers, on the Bight of Benin: its ports were the former centers of the African slave trade …   English World dictionary

  • Slave Coast — Slave′ Coast n. geg why the coast of W equatorial Africa, between the Benin and Volta rivers: a center of slavery traffic 16th–19th centuries …   From formal English to slang

  • Slave Coast — The Slave Coast is the name of the coastal areas of present Togo, Benin (formerly Dahomey) and western Nigeria, a fertile region of coastal Western Africa along the Bight of Benin. In the pre colonial time it was one of the most densely populated …   Wikipedia

  • Slave Coast — /ˈsleɪv koʊst/ (say slayv kohst) noun the coast of western equatorial Africa, north of the Gulf of Guinea and between the Benin and Volta rivers; a centre of slave traffic, from the 16th to 19th centuries …   Australian English dictionary

  • Slave Coast — the coast of W equatorial Africa, between the Benin and Volta rivers: a center of slavery traffic 16th 19th centuries. * * * a part of the west coast of Africa, between the Volta River and Mount Cameroon, from which slaves were exported in the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Slave Coast — geographical name region W Africa bordering on Bight of Benin between Benin & Volta rivers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • SLAVE COAST —    name given to the Bight of Benin, in West Africa, from Lagos to the Volta River …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Slave Coast — West African coastal area of Togo, Dahomey, and Nigeria …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Slave ship — Slave ships were cargo ships specially converted for the purpose of transporting slaves, especially newly purchased African slaves. The most important routes of the slave ships led from the northern and middle coasts of Africa to South America… …   Wikipedia


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