The German colonist and slave trader, Otto Friedrich von der Groeben, in West Africa (1690s)

Before the tiny alley along the Spree river was called the May Ayim Ufer, it was known as the Groeben Ufer. Named after the founder of the German colony of Guinea, Otto Friedrich von der Groeben, it became controversial over time as more people began to question Germany’s role in the transatlantic slave trade and in the history of imperialism. Below is an excerpt from his account in Guinea.

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Sources: “The Slave Trade of Northern Germany from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Centuries,” by Andrea Weindl in the book Extending the Frontiers: Essays on the New Transatlantic Slave Trade Database, edited by David Eltis and David Richardson.