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    fielded formidable armies,

    European slave traders accepted these terms largely because they had no other choice. The African states fielded formidable armies, and outsiders soon discovered they could not impose their will on the region simply by demonstrations of force...

    Does this "field" mean "send out"? Did African nations have such a big army back then?

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    Re: fielded formidable armies,

    Evidently they did.

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    Re: fielded formidable armies,

    'Fielded' means 'sent into the field' in this case.

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