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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Where are the Pepper, Ivory, Gold and Slave Coast of Africa

Where are the Pepper, Ivory, Gold and Slave Coast of Africa

European Cash Coasts of Africa
Foreign overseas traders and exporters solely according to the business and trade economies roughly divided Africa into four coasts; Pepper Coast, Ivory Coast, Gold Coast and the Slave Coast.

Where are the Pepper, Ivory, Gold and Slave Coast of Africa


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The Berlin Conference was not the start of the "Scramble for Africa," history shows that the first areas to be settled in the African regions were those along the shoreline.


French and Portuguese explorers in the early 16th century divided the countries of the west coast Africa into four coasts according to the trade economy, the Ivory Coast, Grain Coast or Pepper Coast, Gold Coast, and Slave Coast.

Ivory Coast 
The French named the Côte d'Ivoire literally means Ivory Coast. Côte d'Ivoire was unofficially known as Costa do Marfim by the Portuguese, côte des dents or the teeth coast and the Ivory Coast reflecting the trade in ivory.

Grain Coast 
The Grain Coast, Malaguetta Coast or Pepper Coast is the former name of a part of the Atlantic coast that is roughly identical with the coast of modern Liberia.

Gold Coast 
The Gold Coast was the former unofficial name for present-day Ghana in West Africa. The Gold Coast is so called because it was an important source of gold for the British, Portuguese, and Dutch traders.

Slave Coast 
The Slave Coast is a historical name formerly used for parts of coastal West Africa from present-day Nigeria, Togo, and along the Bight of Benin. The Slave Coast was a major source of African slaves during the transatlantic slave trade from the16th to 19th century largely by the British, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Berlin Conference Outcome and Effects on Africa
The Berlin Conference did not initiate European colonization of Africa. Following the close of the conference, European powers expanded their claims in Africa such that by 1900, European states had claimed nearly 90 percent of African territory.

The Berlin Conference also known as the Congo Conference meet Nov. 15, 1884 to Feb. 26, 1885 for a series of negotiations Berlin Germany. The major European nations met to decide to carve up Africa based on their needs not knowing or caring the trauma they were inflicting on the people of Africa. Africa suffered and is still suffering from ethnic division. Numerous tribes were cut off from their relatives in a neighbouring country. Similarly numerous Africans were forcefully separated from fellow Africans by the way of slavery. The coming together of Africa is a healing process from which Africans will benefit, relatives and long separated ethnic groups will be united.

Pepper Coast, Ivory Coast, Gold Coast and the Slave Coast of Africa
Did you know?
The Gold Coast, Ghana, in the 1950s was a country with the highest level of education in the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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