caboceer

caboceer

(ˌkæbəʊˈsɪə)
n
(formerly) an African native appointed by his leader to supply European slave traders with slaves
[C17: from Portuguese cabeceiro headman, from cabeça head, from Latin caput]
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"The natives have founded special croms under each fort, depending on the profit they expect from either us or the English and each has its Caboceer who maintains with other natives in the interior and who brings these, to whom he feels most inclined, to the forts to sell their gold, slaves and tusks.
(5) Peter Burschel and Christine Vogel, eds., Die Audienz: Ritualisierter Kulturkontakt in der Friihen Neuzeit (Cologne: Bohlau, 2014); Christina Brauner, Kompanien, Konige und Caboceers: Interkuhurelle Diplomatie an der Gold- und Sklavenkiiste im 17.
Liquor was one of the items exported to Africa as barter for people; others were tobacco, beads, spices, mirrors and clothes to tempt local caboceers, who sold human beings and are part of the installation.
But Cape Coast became rich because of African "caboceers" and other middlemen who saved the whites a trip into the bush, and did the dirty work of herding slaves into the Castle, in exchange for filthy lucre.
"The caboceers, as did their superior captains and attendants, wore Ashanti cloths of extravagant price from the costly foreign silks which had been unravelled to weave them in all varieties of colour, as well as patterns ...
"The caboceers, as did their superior captains and attendants wore Ashanti cloths of extravagant price from the costly foreign silks which had been unravelled to weave them in all varieties of colour, as well as pattern; [these cloths] were of an incredible size and weight, and thrown over the shoulders exactly like a Roman toga; a small silk fillet generally encircles their temples, and massy gold necklaces, intricately wrought."