Cowry Shell: Payment, Wealth and Power in West Central Africa

Instrument of payment and a symbol of wealth and power, the cowry shell was the common currency of West Central Africa well into the 19th century. In Western Africa, shell money was common currency. Before the abolition of the slave trade, large shipments of cowry shells were sent to some of the

Source: Cowry Shell: Payment, Wealth and Power in West Central Africa

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