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The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Social Stratification on the Gold Coast

The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Social Stratification on the Gold Coast The paper is concerned with the impact of the transatlantic slave trade on African economies. It focuses upon the case of the Gold Coast, studying quantitatively the impact on the social stratification of Gold Coast societies. The paper argues that the demand for provisions from the external slave trade was too small to have any substantial direct positive linkage effects for the development of commercial agriculture in the rural part of the Gold Coast. Some labourers in the coastal European enclaves experienced an initial temporary boom in living standards, but soon a period of decline took precedent. Only a small group of highly privileged, key employees were able to gain consistently from their positions working for the European slave traders. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Economic History of Developing Regions Taylor & Francis

The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Social Stratification on the Gold Coast

Economic History of Developing Regions , Volume 30 (2): 25 – Jul 3, 2015
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2015 Economic History Society of Southern Africa
ISSN
2078-0397
eISSN
2078-0389
DOI
10.1080/20780389.2015.1075384
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Abstract

The paper is concerned with the impact of the transatlantic slave trade on African economies. It focuses upon the case of the Gold Coast, studying quantitatively the impact on the social stratification of Gold Coast societies. The paper argues that the demand for provisions from the external slave trade was too small to have any substantial direct positive linkage effects for the development of commercial agriculture in the rural part of the Gold Coast. Some labourers in the coastal European enclaves experienced an initial temporary boom in living standards, but soon a period of decline took precedent. Only a small group of highly privileged, key employees were able to gain consistently from their positions working for the European slave traders.

Journal

Economic History of Developing RegionsTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 3, 2015

Keywords: transatlantic slave trade; socio-economic impact; living standards; food supply; social stratification; N37; N57

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