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Cuadernos Inter.c.a.mbio sobre Centroamérica y el Caribe

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GOMEZ CALDERIN, Sissy Indira  and  FERNANDEZ CARCASSES, Manuel. Abolition vs. Continuity of the Slave Trade. An Approach to the topic from the Coasts of Africa. Inter.c.a.mbio [online]. 2021, vol.18, n.2, pp.172-197. ISSN 1659-4940.

This article demonstrates that despite England's efforts to eliminate the African slave trade, the interests of America's slave elites promoted, in a clandestine manner, ways for certain quantities of slaves to continue to enter, especially United States, Brazil and Cuba. In the African territories, mechanisms were also used to circumvent the prohibitions, since the economy of the colonial enclaves, especially in the Kingdom of Kongo and Angola, was still dependent on the trade of slaves, and it was difficult to quickly redirect it to other activities. The same can be said of African societies of these regions, equally specialized in this inhuman activity, on which they depended. These factors conspired against a rapid extinction of slave trade and are discussed in this article through a collection of documents published in Angola. Bibliographic and documentary analysis methods were applied.

Keywords : Nineteenth century; abolition of the slave trade; clandestine slave trade; slavery; africans societies.

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