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Rum, Sugar And Slavery

Submitted by West Africa Cooks on Sun, 2017-11-05 16:43

African slaves were purchased with rum — slaves were purchased from African chiefs and shipped to the Caribbean to harvest sugar cane, which was turned to molasses and then rum, which was then shipped back to Africa to purchase more slaves.

By 1725, British traders at Sierra Leone reported to their home office that there was ‘no trade to be made without rum. Rum became the practical currency on the coast and at the European forts, with prices for slaves denominated in gallons of rum as well as ounces of gold.

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