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Contested enslavement: the Portuguese in Angola and the problem of debt, c. 1600–1800 (2015)
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Spicksley, J. (2015). Contested enslavement: the Portuguese in Angola and the problem of debt, c. 1600–1800. Itinerario, 39(2), 247-275. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0165115315000467

The Portuguese were keen slave traders on the west central coast of Africa in the early modern period, but governors in Angola appear to have been increasingly unhappy about certain aspects of enslavement in relation to debt, and in particular that o... Read More about Contested enslavement: the Portuguese in Angola and the problem of debt, c. 1600–1800.

Pawns on the Gold Coast: the rise of Asante and shifts in security for debt, 1680-1750 (2013)
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Spicksley, J. (2013). Pawns on the Gold Coast: the rise of Asante and shifts in security for debt, 1680-1750. 00 Journal not listed, 54(2), 147-75. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853713000297

In the seventeenth century, Europeans on the Gold Coast took gold pawns as security for debt, but from the early eighteenth century, they turned increasingly toward the use of human pawns. This shift was the result of a transformation in levels of de... Read More about Pawns on the Gold Coast: the rise of Asante and shifts in security for debt, 1680-1750.

Worth, age and social status in early modern England (2010)
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Spicksley, J., & Shepard, A. (2011). Worth, age and social status in early modern England. The Economic history review, 64(2), 493-530. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0289.2010.00533.x

This article introduces a new source for assessing the distribution of wealth in early modern England derived from witness depositions taken by the church courts. It discusses the accuracy of statements of ‘worth’ provided by thousands of witnesses b... Read More about Worth, age and social status in early modern England.


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