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16 - Some Facets of Slavery in the Lamidats of Adamawa in North Cameroon in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

from Part Three - Documenting Our Own Histories and Cultural Practices

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 April 2013

Alice Bellagamba
Affiliation:
University of Milan-Bicocca
Sandra E. Greene
Affiliation:
Cornell University, New York
Martin A. Klein
Affiliation:
University of Toronto
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In Cameroon, a country of Central Africa which stretched from Lake Chad to the Gulf of Guinea, slavery had a triple dimension. Slavery and the slave trade had the particularity of increasing in Adamawa at the very moment when abolition was spreading in other parts of the world. This chapter presents three documents, which localizes the region concerned and presents some facets of slavery as it developed in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Adamawa. The first document contains a letter from the Lamido to the chief of the region of Adamawa opposing the progressive elimination of slavery. The second document describes a confidential letter from the chief of the Adamawa region to the chief of the subdivision of Banyo forbidding him from proclaiming the liberation of slaves. The last document presents different penalties and sanction to which the slaves of the Lamidats of Adamawa were subject to.
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Print publication year: 2013

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