Badagry Slave History
While i was i badagry for a tour visit, this town on the east location in Lagos was the first storey building in Nigeria and the foundation was laid in 1842 while the main while the main building was built in 1845. on that same street ,we have the mobee chief compound the name mobee was giving to the chief by the white because most time when the white comes around the chief will always says mobeeje meaning (eat kolanut), next in line was the Seriki Abass Williams compound popularly known as the BRAZILLIAN BARACOON and opposite it we have the POINT OF NO RETURN in the Nigeria slave trade for 400 years. It is now home to three museum about the badagry slave trade history.
BADAGRY SLAVE TRADE MUSEUMS
WILLIAMS ABASS SLAVE TRADE MUSEUM
Seriki Faremi Williams Abass slave museum A “BRAZILLIAN BARACOON” built in the 1840`s this use to be a warehouse for storing slaves. A leveled ground apartment made up of 40 rooms built around an open interior space and has a well that have used over 300 plus year and still in use. Each rooms has one small window near the ceiling for ventilation and 40 human beings consisting of men women and children being locked in their, sometimes for days weeks or months awaiting buyers who are mostly Europeans that arrived by ships.
The museum only occupies few rooms, the first contains some of the instruments used to control the captives which are as follows:
- Original chains
- Umbrella (even this particular umbrella 40 slaves was used in exchange for it)
All About Badagry Slave Trade
The point review itself that most of the African part of the slave was initially carried out by the Africans and not the Europeans
NOTE: slavery was already parts of the African culture before the Europeans arrived in the 1400 slaves were captives afters wars or they were criminals enslaves as punishment.
At first the Europeans could just trade for existing slaves. the high the demand for slaves by the Europeans was what prompt Africans to keep capturing and sellings slaves. which didnt come to an end until well into the 1800s. A thriving slave auction arose in Badagry where slaves were exchange for weapons like; alcohol bottle like schnapps, plates and other product from Europe.
the second room of the museum is one the original cells also known as prison yard and you can imagine about 40 slaves in a room with just one window for ventilations for months without ladies or gents, many kicked the bucket before getting on the ship to be carried across the atlantic. their is also a situations that slaves were taken to the sugar plantations as labourers and to described the level of maltreatment the slaves were given their mouth was padlocked with a padlock and chains so as not to eat any falling sugar cane when harvesting the sugar cane. and some that tried escaping where already set trap for to be chased and butchered alive to death by a carnivoures bull dog .
imagine how that intense period of imprisonment under such cruel conditions would break the captives spirit, if they eventually survived.
Badagry Brazillian Baracoon and Abass its owner.
a room in the baracoon gives information about Seriki Abass Williams, the main owner of the Baracoon he had been a slave himself, bought and sent to Brazil to be a domestic slaves he was fortunates enough to find favour in the eyes of his master so he was taught how to read and write, which allows his owner to send him back to his father`s land Africa, where he works with his former owner as a slave trader, even as the slave trade ended he was a highly respected chief in Badagry
2 Mobee Slave Relics Museum in Badagry
Mobee is a building before the brazillian baracoon itself like i mention earlier the name comes about in a process whereby a high chief is trying to entertain the Europeans and make them feel welcomed by saying MOBEEJE (meaning eat kolanut) so that how mobee comes about just like the same situation in naming this great nation Nigeria by Flora Shaw the wife of Lord Luggard who only made a statement by saying this country of ours is a niger area and thats how the name of this great nations Nigeria came about then our leaders agree for the country to be name Nigeria at last you see that
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