Mapping the History of Cotton Textile Production in Precolonial West Africa

This article establishes a general chronological framework and maps out some broad geographical parameters for cotton and cotton textile production in precolonial West Africa. The author discusses problems having to do with estimating the antiquity of cotton in Africa; maps cotton-producing centres prior to and during the Atlantic slave trade era; and discusses the complexity of consumer markets for cottons and other textiles in West Africa and how they affected trading operations on the coast. App., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]

Title: Mapping the History of Cotton Textile Production in Precolonial West Africa
Author: Kriger, Colleen
Year: 2005
Periodical: African Economic History
Volume: 33
Pages: 87-116
Language: English
Geographic term: West Africa
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/4617606
Abstract: This article establishes a general chronological framework and maps out some broad geographical parameters for cotton and cotton textile production in precolonial West Africa. The author discusses problems having to do with estimating the antiquity of cotton in Africa; maps cotton-producing centres prior to and during the Atlantic slave trade era; and discusses the complexity of consumer markets for cottons and other textiles in West Africa and how they affected trading operations on the coast. App., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]