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Title:Slavery, farm slaves and agriculture in nineteenth century Ibadan
Author:Ojo, OlatunjiISNI
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Economic History
Geographic term:Nigeria
Ibadan polity
Abstract:Ibadan was the largest, strongest and most populous State of nineteenth-century Yorubaland (Nigeria). Central to Ibadan's power was the role played by slavery, which provided much of the labour for agriculture. The size of slave holdings in Ibadan ranged from one or two slaves held by small farmers, to medium houses with about ten slaves, and great chiefs whose slaves could be numbered in hundreds. Five houses - Oluyole, Ogunmola, Are Latoosa, Efunsetan and Akintola - stood out as having up to a thousand or more slaves. The present article focuses on the sources of slaves, land tenure in Ibadan, the operation of Ibadan farms and the activities of Ibadan farm slaves, their aspirations and the power relations among them. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]