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East Africa: slave migrations

Migration A–Z

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  1. Thomas Vernet

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm188

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Vernet, T. 2013. East Africa: slave migrations. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

East Africa and its Indian Ocean shore, comprising the region of present-day states of Kenya, Tanzania, southern Somalia, and Mozambique; the Lake Malawi region; the Great Lakes region (Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, eastern Congo [DRC]); and Comoros and Madagascar were the site of a large-scale slave trade from the 16th to early 20th century, effecting massive forced migration. Since earlier times people of these regions had interacted through voluntary human migration and trading networks. Among these interactions, slave routes had connected several of these areas from medieval times.

Keywords:

  • slavery;
  • violence;
  • repression;
  • diaspora;
  • racism