King Guezo of Dahomey, 1850-52: The Abolition of the Slave Trade on the West Coast of Africa

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Tim Coates
Stationery Office, 2001 - History - 232 pages
In order to bring an end to slave dealing the British Navy went in search of the final traders and offered them large sums of money in exchange for firm promises to give up their lucrative business. Guezo, King of Dahomey had an army of 3000 women, to each of which he was married, having sold all the menfolk as slaves. For entertainment he indulged in the sacrifice of trespassers from neighbouring West African countries. He welcomed the approach of the naval officers, declaring Victoria and Albert as his closest friends.

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A former bookseller in London, Tim Coates is the editor and publisher of M"oments of History," a series of historic official papers from the archives of the British and American governments.

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