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  • "Beef, gold, and cloth traveled this way, and, when slaving began, people. Traffic passed through the Futa Jalon, a region of expert traders who practiced a strident form of Islam. In this area lived the Fula, black Muslims who in the 1700s became accomplished at raiding villages for slaves. The Futa Jalon banned the capture and sale of Muslims but preyed on people who had not converted to Islam. When caravans from the Futa Jalon reached Port Loko, the people in the cargoes were taken over by the local chief and unloaded into boats bound for the Atlantic coast."
    —Edward Ball, Slaves in the Family (NY: Ballantine Books, 1998), 439

    October 13, 2009

  • Usage on Wolof.

    September 26, 2009