When the Portuguese began to fight their way into the gold trade, they discovered that there was a great demand for human labour in the interior, that is, in the area where the gold was being produced. In order to profit from this demand they began to buy or capture slaves in the area of Benin.
Almost everyone has some, yet it is one of the rarest of all the world’s metals. It has been estimated that it comprises only 3.5 parts per billion of the world’s crust, yet tens of thousands of people are employed to find it and mine it. Men & women have died for it and empires have risen & fallen