Africa and Atlantic World
Jonathan Thompson and Steven Kim
Powerful Africans who engaged in slave dealing could make a sizeable profit from the trade, especially in view of the relatively high prices that European merchants were prepared to pay for African slaves. By the eighteenth century, slaves had become Africa's main export.
Politically, as African rulers organised the capture of slaves, traditions were created of brutal and arbitrary intervention by the powerful in people's lives. Meanwhile, as rival African rulers competed over the control of slave-capture and trading, wars could result.