The traditional Igbo economy depends on root-crop farming. Yams, cassava, and many varieties of cocoyam (taro) are the chief staples and provide the majority of the population with its subsistence needs. There are other occupations besides farming, but land is considered the most important asset.
What are the languages spoken in Nigeria?
What did the Igbo tribe trade?
The principal exports are palm oil and palm kernels. Trading, local crafts, and wage labour also are important in the Igbo economy, and a high literacy rate has helped many Igbo to become civil servants and business entrepreneurs in the decades after Nigeria gained independence.
Where did Igbo slaves go?
Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia. In 1803 one of the largest mass suicides of enslaved people took place when Igbo captives from what is now Nigeria were taken to the Georgia coast. In May 1803, the Igbo and other West African captives arrived in Savannah, Georgia, on the slave ship the Wanderer.
How many people died in Igbo landing?
|A 1930 post card showing moonlight on Dunbar River, Glynn Haven, St. Simons Island, Georgia|
|Deaths||13 bodies of drowned enslaved people were recovered and 3 white overseers drowned but actual numbers of deaths uncertain|