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Port of Badagary, a Point of No Return: Investigation of Maritime Slave Trade in Nigeria

Author(s): Adewale Oyediran

Year: 2016

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Two Danish ships that wrecked at Cahuita Point in Costa Rica carried many slaves of Yoruba ethnicity from a geographic locale in the vicinity modern day Nigeria in Africa. Danish Company records reveal that in addition, to human cargoes of around 400 slaves each, one ship included 4,000 pounds and the other 7, 311 pounds of ivory.  Founded in 1425 A.D., the port city of Badagry played a strategic role in both the transatlantic slave and ivory trade. Maritime Cultural Landscape Theory is a useful approach to analyze both the pre and post-colonial archaeological patterns of slavery in Badagry. This paper explores the maritime artifacts assemblages on land and underwater, and characterizes the archaeological signatures likely to be linked with maritime slave trade societies. The investigator will address the methods of collection, interpretation and integration of archaeological, oral and documentary sources, and the complex interchange between the data sets.

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Port of Badagary, a Point of No Return: Investigation of Maritime Slave Trade in Nigeria. Adewale Oyediran. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434454)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 267

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America