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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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  • From Benin where before French colonis shore includes what used to be known as the Slave Coast, from where captives were shipped across the Atlantic. TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at

  • Speaking of the transactions on that part of Guinea called the Slave Coast, where the Europeans have the most factories, and from whence they bring away much the greatest number of slaves, the same author, and also Bosman [B] says, "The inhabitants of Coto do much mischief, in stealing those slaves they sell to the Europeans, from the upland country.

    Some Historical Account of Guinea, Its Situation, Produce, and the General Disposition of Its Inhabitants An Inquiry into the Rise and Progress of the Slave Trade, Its Nature and Lamentable Effects

  • When Inman finally did start to take the patrol of the Slave Coast seriously, he drew up a plan to divide the cruising grounds among his three active vessels, with each ship assigned a specific area to patrol.

    Hanging Captain Gordon

  • When he finally did weigh anchor and go to sea, it took him another two months to finally reach the Slave Coast.

    Hanging Captain Gordon

  • Many a deserted village Kane had seen in the months that had passed since he turned his face east from the Slave Coast and lost himself in the mazes of jungle and river, but never one like this.

    Wings in the Night

  • Kane's first inclination was to consign his questioner to the infernal regions, but a certain sincerity of manner in the old man made him change his mind and he answered: "It was given me by my blood-brother -- a black magician of the Slave Coast, named N'Longa."

    People of the Dark

  • Somewhere back on the Slave Coast, the body of N'Longa, withered and wrinkled, was stirring in the ju-ju hut, was rising as if from a deep sleep.

    The Moon of Skulls

  • N'Longa, voodoo man of the Slave Coast, was very old.

    The Moon of Skulls

  • This was a land of enchantment -- a land of horror and fearful mysteries, the jungle and river natives had said, and he had gotten whispered hints of its terrors ever since he had set his back to the Slave Coast and ventured into the hinterlands alone.

    The Moon of Skulls

  • The prevailing winds and currents forced all ships returning to Europe or the Americas from the Ivory and Gold Coasts to pass eastward toward the Slave Coast and close to the shores of Efik lands.

    The Serpent and the Rainbow


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