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Title:Enslaved population and Indian owners along the East African coast: exploring the Rigby manumission list, 1860-1861
Author:Suzuki, Hideaki
Periodical:History in Africa (ISSN 1558-2744)
Geographic terms:East Africa
Great Britain
abolition of slavery
historical sources
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/history_in_africa/v039/39.1.suzuki.pdf
Abstract:The main purpose of this article is to explore the potential of the 'List of Slaves unlawfully held in slavery by British Indian Subjects at Zanzibar & its Dependencies, who have been emancipated at the Consulate', also referred to as the 'Rigby manumission list', for historical slavery studies. This list was produced by Christopher Prater Rigby, the second British Consul on Zanzibar. A result of the first British-led manumission campaign against slave ownership along the east coast of Africa, it is the most comprehensive list detailing slave ownership and slaves for the pre-colonial coastal society of East Africa. Despite of its importance and uniqueness, both this list and the campaign have not yet been fully analysed. This article challenges to extract the data as much as possible from the list, not only sex ratio and ethnic origin of enslaved individuals, but also their identity and emotional status. Moreover, the article shows slave ownership by British Indian subjects from the list. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]