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Extending the frontiers: Essays on the new Transatlantic Slave Trade Database

Richardson, David; Eltis, D

Authors

David Richardson

D Eltis



Contributors

David Eltis
Editor

David Richardson
Editor

Abstract

Since 1999, intensive research efforts have vastly increased what is known about the history of coerced migration of transatlantic slaves. A huge database of slave trade voyages from Columbus’s era to the mid-nineteenth century is now available on an open-access Web site, incorporating newly discovered information from archives around the Atlantic world. The groundbreaking essays in this book draw on these new data to explore fundamental questions about the trade in African slaves. The research findings—that the size of the slave trade was 14 percent greater than had been estimated, that trade above and below the equator was largely separate, that ports sending out the most slave voyages were not in Europe but in Brazil, and more—challenge accepted understandings of transatlantic slavery and suggest a variety of new directions for important further research.

Book Type Edited Book
Publication Date Oct 7, 2008
Publisher Yale University Press
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Book Title Extending the Frontiers: Essays on the New Transatlantic Slave Trade Database
ISBN 978-0-300-13436-0
Institution Citation D. Richardson, & D. Eltis (Eds.), (2008). Extending the frontiers: Essays on the new Transatlantic Slave Trade Database
Keywords REF 2014 submission
Publisher URL https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300134360/extending-frontiers

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