Asked • 04/04/19

What was the impetus for some African nations to participate in the slave trade?

I know that some African nations participated in the slave trade by providing captured enemies as slaves to Europeans, but what are some of the reasons they did? Was it simply a new economic opportunity that they took advantage of and sought to use to gain advantage against their rivals? I'm looking for a nice synthesis of the issue and some decent sourcing to other materials, or book recommendations.

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