1741 – The Price of Negro Slaves In West Africa

Source: The London Magazine, and Monthly Chronologer (Princeton University) 1741 – pg. 509-510

1741 Cowries used to buy Negro slaves from West Africa. Whydah
Excerpt From Page 509

Cowries, a certain type of seashell is used for money in parts of Asia and Africa.

1741 Cowries used to buy Negro slaves from West Africa. Whydah
Cowrie (cowry) shells used for decorating apparels, making necklaces and playing dice games.
1741 Cowries used to buy Negro slaves from West Africa. Whydah
Excerpt From Page 510

In 1740 2,400 Cowries were equal to 1 Rupee. Cowries are valued in West Africa, but specifically Guinea, as much as silver and Gold. There they are called “bougies”. Cowries are worn as ornaments in necklaces and bracelets. Cowries are described as white. French merchants in Whydah paid 40 pounds for every piece of common linen and proportionally for wax, ivory, and gold.

1741 Cowries used to buy Negro slaves from West Africa. Whydah
Excerpt From Page 510

12,000 Cowries could in the past be used to buy 500 – 600 Negroes. The price was raised to 12 – 15 tons of Cowries. Cowries were weighed in a copper vessel that held exactly 108 pounds. They are found in the Philippines, but are not the same color or clearness. The chief European marketplace for Cowries is in Amsterdam. French and English merchants buy them to send to Africa.

1741 Cowries used to buy Negro slaves from West Africa. Whydah
Excerpt From Page 510
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