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(1) Using historic data: can evaluate importance and characteristics of selection into the
(2) Find instruments for slave exports Historical Evidence on Selection during the Slave Trades Using data on initial population densities Check whether more or less prosperous areas selected into the slave
trades Population density is a reasonable indicator of economic prosperity 158 QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS FIGURE IV
Relationship between Initial Population Density and Slave Exports obtained if civil wars or conﬂicts could be instigated (Barry 1992;
Inikori 2003). As well, societies that were the most violent and
hostile, and therefore the least developed, were often best able
to resist European efforts to purchase slaves. For example, the
slave trade in Gabon was limited because of the deﬁance and
violence of its inhabitants toward the Portuguese. This resistance
continued for centuries, and as a result the Portuguese were forced
to concentrate their efforts along the coast fur...
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