The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 42, Issue 1

Article 2
The Slave Trade from the British Cameroons Area of the Nigerian Hinterland: Some Historical and Historiographical Issues

Richard A. Goodridge


This is a study of the role of slave trading, particularly the transatlantic slave trade, in the development of domestic slavery in the Cameroons area during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Based partly on primary documentation developed by the British, who colonized the area and were confronted by the slave regime, the paper suggests that there was a clear link between external slave trading from Cameroons and the development of domestic (that is, local) slavery there. It is further suggested that the interrelationship was causal and not merely coincidental. The paper places developments in the area of study within the broad field of discussions on the transatlantic slave trade.