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Assess the winners and losers in the triangular trade system.

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I think we need to specify who we mean when we say "Africans." The victims, or losers in the Atlantic slave trade were not all Africans. Many African political leaders profited quite handsomely from a trade they in many ways controlled, and, at least until the late eighteenth century, conducted on their own terms. To quote historian Philip Morgan:

Resistance to the trade is dramatic evidence of African agency, but it was exceptional; better testimony to the upper hand that Africans established...is the way in which the terms of trade shifted inexorably in their favor...Not only did they secure better prices for their slaves over time, they also increased port charges, customary tributes, and other fees...At least before the early nineteenth century (when British-imposed abolition began to curtail demand), the Atlantic slave trade was largely a sellers' market.

So not all Africans were victims, or losers in the slave trade. It is important to note here, though, that Africans were not...

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