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What were the methods used to acquire slaves from West Africa during the Trans-Atlantic trade?

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Methods used to acquire slaves from West Africa during the Trans-Atlantic trade include;

  • Slaves were exchanged for European manufactured goods.
  • Prisoners of war who had been captured during local wars were sold to slave dealers.
  • Slave traders kidnapped lonely travellers.
  • Some local rulers sold their own subjects to the slave dealers.
  • Slaves were obtained through raids.
  • Some people were enticed and eventually sold into slavery.
  • Debtors were sold to slave traders / panyering. 
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