Europe -- Kingdom of Spain -- Cadiz


Cadiz is the capital city and principal seaport of the Andalusian province of Cadiz, in southwestern Spain, situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.  During the 17th century, it was one of the wealthiest ports in western Europe, being the headquarters of the Spanish treasure fleets.  At this time, its geographical location made Cadiz a lucrative marketplace for the sale of African slaves, with an estimate of a slave population of 3,000 to 6,000.  The Encyclopaedia Britannica (1910); Paloma Fernandez-Perez, “Cadiz,” in Junius P. Rodriguez, ed. The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery, vol. 1 (Santa Barbara, 1997), 119.