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Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Eltis, David; Richardson, David


David Eltis

David Richardson


Between 1501 and 1867, the transatlantic slave trade claimed an estimated 12.5 million Africans and involved almost every country with an Atlantic coastline. In this extraordinary book, two leading historians have created the first comprehensive, up-to-date atlas on this 350-year history of kidnapping and coercion. It features nearly 200 maps, especially created for the volume, that explore every detail of the African slave traffic to the New World. The atlas is based on an online database ( with records on nearly 35,000 slaving voyages - roughly 80 percent of all such voyages ever made. Using maps, David Eltis and David Richardson show which nations participated in the slave trade, where the ships involved were outfitted, where the captives boarded ship, and where they were landed in the Americas, as well as the experience of the transatlantic voyage and the geographic dimensions of the eventual abolition of the traffic. Accompanying the maps are illustrations and contemporary literary selections, including poems, letters, and diary entries, intended to enhance readers understanding of the human story underlying the trade from its inception to its end. This groundbreaking work provides the fullest possible picture of the extent and inhumanity of one of the largest forced migrations in history.


Eltis, D., & Richardson, D. (2015). Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Yale University Press

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Feb 16, 2015
Deposit Date Dec 19, 2014
Journal Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history
Publisher Yale University Press
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Book Title Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
ISBN 978-0-300-12460-6
Keywords Atlantic history; American history; African American studies; Eighteenth Century studies
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