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Slave Markets and Exchange in the Malay World: The Sulu Sultanate, 1770–1878

Warren, J.F. (1977) Slave Markets and Exchange in the Malay World: The Sulu Sultanate, 1770–1878. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 8 (2). pp. 162-175.

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Abstract

The impact of the West's commercial intrusion in China towards the end of the eighteenth century had significant bearing on the growth of the slave trade in Southeast Asia. It led to the crystallization of a permanent slave traffic around organized markets and depots in the Sulu Archipelago. Jolo Island, as the centre of a redistributive network encompassing the Sulu zone, became the most important slave centre by 1800. This had not always been the case. Most accounts of the Sulu Sultanate written before 1780 indicate that the internal demand for slaves at Jolo was on a much smaller scale than it was destined to become in the nineteenth century. These early writers reported that it was often more profitable for the Taosug, the dominant ethnic group in the Sulu Archipelago, to deliver slaves to the Magindanao and Bugis merchants of Cotabato (Mindanao) and Pasir (Borneo) for trans-shipment to Makassar and Batavia, than employ them in their own settlements.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: © 1977 The National University of Singapore
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/18167
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