The Internal Dependencies Of Slavery

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The internal dependencies on slavery. In this chapter it is my intention to identify and explain and economics of Asante’s internal slavery, consequently supporting my conclusion that the functionality of the polity was contingent upon the preservation and exploitation of unfree labour. As I have identified in the pervious chapter, a resurgence in slave prices during the middle decades of the nineteenth century allude to Asante’s renewed demand for slaves in the internal markets. The purpose of this chapter is to give an account of the social integration of slaves into state society and understand their position as an integral component of the class system and the Asante family unit. As I have revealed in the previous chapter, preceding the incipient glut in the Asante slave markets, there is little doubt that the nation’s economy was able to adapt with some success in finding a purpose of the slave surpluses experienced after the abolition of the trans-atlantic trade. As Huydecoper identified in the DATE, slave owners had become reluctant to sell, knowing that he would have to match the growing prices in the interior. As revealed by his experiences on the Gold Coast, the ‘best’ source of 1,070 slaves he bought were from private owners. This would not only suggest that slave ownership had opened up to the greater population of the polity, but that Chiefs and other prominent citizens were less willing to sell, and that they had uses for their slaves other than a quick
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