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Slavery And Slave Trades

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The remarkable consideration about the debate in the eighteenth century for and against slavery was in a way that Europeans needed such a debate at all. As the Europeans themselves could not bear the sight of it anymore by the mid-seventeenth century, they exported or externalized it to the New World and the East Indies instead. There is no doubt that this definition of slavery as social death captures important aspects of the slave condition in the Arabian seas in the eighteenth century too. Last but not least, there was the institution of the broker whom as we saw was used by foreign merchants, not familiar with the language and the customs of the country, to take care of their sales and purchases. And in Northern Mozambique, Inambane, Kilwa, the Comoros or Madagascar the Europeans there were still confined either to their fortifications or but occasional visitors.

Keywords: Arabian seas; East Indies; Madagascar; Mozambique; slavery



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