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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, General Research and Reference Division

Map of Africa, ca. 1600

Europeans named some parts of the West African coast according to the "goods" - including people - they could find there. In modern terms, this classification corresponds to the following countries:

Senegambia Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea Bissau (captives deported through this area also came from landlocked Mali)
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone and Guinea
Windward Coast Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire
Gold Coast Ghana
Slave Coast or Bight of Benin Togo, Benin, and southwest Nigeria
Bight of Biafra Eastern Nigeria and Cameroon to Gabon

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