These documents have left me reflecting on the consequences of the slave trade for African populations and rulers. How did African political elites understand its significance? What were the social and economic consequences for African populations more generally? As for the images, it is interesting to think about how objects and commodities can come to serve as status symbols. Rare, exotic goods and objects were more likely to take on that function because of their expense.
Feel free to respond to these questions, or any others you find interesting. I look forward to reading your posts! – Dr. Davidson