America's Early Years on Slave Trade
We have heard about America's awful years of slavery. Many people cast blame on others today because of that very thing. There
have been attacks on Caucasians, after the perpetrator saying that was because of 200 years of slavery. We are here to set
the record straight. Yes, that was a bad time in America's history but believe this, the African people who were
slaves were inslaved by their own people.
The enslaved Africans bought by the Europeans were sold by African slave traders. In West Africa there are many different cultures and societies.
Social organisation is very varied. Some of these cultures have complex social systems and others are more loosely organised.
The West Africans who most prospered in the transatlantic slave trade were those from the most warlike and tightly organised
societies with strong rulers who preyed on their neighbours.These societies would be more likely to wage war on their
neighbouring communities, enslave prisoners of war and trade them to the Europeans.
The rulers of these societies usually appointed caboceers (traders) to deal with European slave traders. Many, such as
the caboceer from the Fante people, John Currantee, or the leader from the Efik people Ephraim Robin John (known to the
European traders as King George) were well-known as canny and ruthless dealers. They were able to communicate in a number of
European and African languages. The African slave traders were skilled in using to their advantage the rivalries between the French,
the English and the Dutch to get the best prices for their slaves. Often they demanded (and received) ‘gifts’ or ‘custom fees’,
known in some quarters as ‘dashee’, from the Europeans.