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Extending the frontiers: Essays on the new transatlantic slave trade database


David Eltis

David Richardson


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' 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. © 2008 by Yale University. All rights reserved.


Richardson, D., & Eltis, D. (Eds.). (2008). Extending the frontiers: Essays on the new transatlantic slave trade database. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Book Type Edited Book
Online Publication Date Oct 7, 2008
Publication Date Dec 1, 2008
Deposit Date Dec 19, 2014
Publisher Yale University Press
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-393
Book Title Extending the Frontiers: Essays on the New Transatlantic Slave Trade Database
ISBN 9780300134360
Keywords REF 2014 submission; Transatlantic slave trade; Sierra Leone; Havana; Historiography; Angola, slaves; Atlantic world; German slave trade; Brazilian slave traffic; Caribbean
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