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The Daily Life of Slaves in the Last Years of the Bamana States of Kaarta and Segou

Moussa Sow

in Slavery in Africa

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264782
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754012 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264782.003.0003

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Daily Life of Slaves in the Last Years of the Bamana States of Kaarta and Segou

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This chapter attempts to further the understanding of Sahelo‐Sudanic systems of slavery via enquiries into the daily life of slaves. This work is based on the memories of elders in certain villages within the zone of the ancient state of Kaarta and the buffer zone between it and the state of Segou, an area corresponding to the modern Malian administrative Cercles of Kolokani and Banamba. Temporally, the focus is on the period directly before the colonial era. In particular, the mode of acquisition of slaves and the different types of local slavery are considered.

Keywords: slavery; slave systems; slave acquisition; Sahelo; Sudan; pre-colonial period

Chapter.  5569 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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