Benin & Brasil (Prints Only) 20x32”
$600 print - Unframed Archival Prints Available: 20x32" Title: ‘Benin & Brazil’ | Benin girl onlooks abstract slave ships in Ouidah (Slave Coast) ➕ According to @slaveryremembrance slaveryandrememberance.org Ouidah (also known as Whydah) is a commercial center in the modern African nation of Benin that was one of the most active slave trading ports in all of Africa. Europeans called the Bight of Benin—where Ouidah is located—and the surrounding region the “Slave Coast” because of its importance in supplying American markets with African laborers. Historians estimate that over the course of two centuries, Ouidah alone exported more than one million Africans before closing its trade in the 1860s. Only one other port in Africa (Luanda, in Central Africa) transported a greater volume of slaves.. In 1727, the Kingdom of Dahomey conquered Ouidah and its African political leadership. This process eventually helped to increase the size of Ouidah and, in turn, its commercial importance. Ouidah’s population was predominantly African. Ouidah was an important supplier of slaves to Brazil generally, and to the region of Bahia in particular, even after the trade became increasingly illegal after the early decades of the nineteenth century.