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The concept “second slavery” as applied to the resurgence of slavery as a factor of production in the Americas in the nineteenth century emphasizes radical changes in the economies of the Atlantic world. The expansion of slavery in the southern United States, Cuba and Brazil occurred in the context of the emergence of an independent Haiti, where slavery had once been dominant but was now abolished, and where the British shifted from being the most important nation in the slave trade to the champions of its abolition, ultimately emancipating the slaves in their colonial empire. The comparable expansion in slavery that occurred in Islamic West Africa as a result of jihad in the same era must be placed in the context of other developments in the Atlantic world. Unlike second slavery in the Americas, developments in the jihad states resulted in economic autonomy, not the growth of the global economy.

Jihad and the Era of the Second Slavery

in Journal of Global Slavery


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    Mohammed Bashir Salau“Ribats and the Development of Plantations in the Sokoto Caliphate: A Case Study of Fanisau,” African Economic History 34 (2006): 23–43; Ibid. The West African Slave Plantation: A Case Study (New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2011).

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    In the British census of 1911Sokoto Province had 13 towns with populations over 6000 the largest being Sokoto with 21624 Isa with 18919 Kaura-Namoda with 13067 while Bongudu Gwandu Moriki Wurno Gusau Jega Talata Mafara Gummi Argungu and Birnin Kebbi had populations from 6000–10000. See Garba Na-dama “Urbanization in the Sokoto Caliphate: A Case Study of Gusau and Kaura-Namoda” in Usman Studies in the History of the Sokoto Caliphate. These estimates did not include the large number of people who moved to the towns from the adjacent countryside during the long dry season.

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    LovejoyTransformations in Slavery204.

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    Paul E. LovejoyCaravans of Kola: The Hausa Kola Trade 1700–1900 (Zaria: Ahmadu Bello University Press1980) 65.

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    Y.A. Aliyu“Establishment and Development of Emirate Government in Bauchi 1805–1903” (PhD dissertation Ahmadu Bello University 1974) 479–480; and Tukur “Imposition of British Colonial Domination” 204.

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    Dale Tomich“Atlantic History and World Economy: Concepts and Constructions,” in Proto Sociology 20 (2004): 102–121; and Michael Zeuske “The Second Slavery: Modernity Mobility and Identity of Captives in Nineteenth-Century Cuba and the Atlantic World” in Javier Lavina and Michael Zeuske eds. The Second Slavery: Mass Slaveries and Modernity in the Americas and in the Atlantic Basin(Berlin: Lit Verlag2014) 113–142.

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