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...s export market for the first time. The key industry in West Africa changed from being a heavily monopolised one which saw very few people receiving the profits to a much more competitive market with a significantly higher number of Africans becoming active. This hardly seems like a crisis. As has been argued by Lynn and McDougall, the rise in palm oil exports (partly caused by the increase in the number of slaves available to work domestically) more than compensated the decline of the slave trade. Although there may have been a palm oil price crisis in the second half of the century, this cannot be used as evidence for a ‘crisis of adaptation’ as West Africa had already adapted to its new legitimate economy. Ultimately, the transition period from the slave trade to legitimate commerce was smoother than Hopkins argues: it was more evolutionary than revolutionary.
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