from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A region of coastal western Africa along the Bight of Benin roughly corresponding to modern-day Benin and Togo. It was notorious as the exportation base for slaves from the 16th century to the early 19th century.
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- proper n. The coastal areas of present-day Togo, Benin, and western Nigeria, once an important export centre for the Atlantic slave trade.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. part of the western coast of Africa to which slaves were brought to be sold to foreigners.
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This was the mad villain who'd kidnapped me to the Slave Coast on his hell-ship in '48 (on my own father-in-law's orders, too), and perforce I'd run black ivory with him, and fled from she-devil Amazons, and been hunted the length of the Mississippi, and lied truth out of Louisiana to keep both our necks out of a noose.