Were Yorubas sold for Beads during the slave trade? – theyoruba.com

January 30, 2016

Yoruba History & Culture

Were Yorubas sold for beads during The Atlantic Slave Trade? Did Yoruba speaking-people sell others for beads? – theyoruba.com



“One slave merchant reported receiving a prime Negro in return for 13 beads of coral, half a string of amber beads, 28 silver bells and 3 pairs of bracelets”– The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade: 1440 – 1870

European beads started to enter the slave trade triangle in the 16th century and by this time Yoruba already had a flourishing trade in amongst other local products, indigenous beads.

Stephen Adebanji Akintoye says in his book , ‘ A History of The Yoruba People’ that “Increasing volumes of beads in head-loads left Ife along trade routes”







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