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King Gezo, Dahomey

Forbes, Frederick E, Dahomey and the Dahomans; being the journals of two missions to the king of Dahomey, and residence at his capital, London, Longman, Brown, Green,and Longmans, 1851.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

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King Gezo, Dahomey

The Bight of Benin was the second largest exporter of captives, after West Central Africa. King Gezo, like his predecessors, was feared for his military power and his numerous slave raids. He had an army of several thousand female warriors, the famous Amazons. From the 1720s to the 1860s, Dahomey's trade was conducted mainly through the port of Whydah and was oriented principally toward Brazil.

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  2. Introduction
  3. The Economics of the Illegal Slave Trade
  4. Changes in Regions of Provenance
  5. A Shift in Ethnicities
  6. Changes in the Trading Centers
  7. From the Barracoon to the Middle Passage
  8. A New Demography
  9. No Longer a Triangular Trade
  10. The Impact of the Suppression
  11. Bibliography

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