Routes to Slavery: Direction, Ethnicity and Mortality in the Transatlantic Slave Trade

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Containing records of some 25,000 slaving voyages between 1595 and 1867, this data set forms the basis of most of the papers included in this collection. Other papers offer quantitative analysis in the ethnicity of slaves, mortality trends and slaves' reconstruction of their identities.

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Most papers in this collection explore the meaning of data on the Atlantic slave trade collected by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University. Other essays supplement the quantitative analysis by examining issues relating to the ethnicity of slaves. Themes include mortality trends in the slave trade, African influences on the history of American slave societies, and how slaves reconstructed their identities outside their homeland. This group of studies first appeared in a Special Issue on "Direction, Ethnicity, and Mortality in the Transatlantic Slave Trade" in , v.18, no.1. Paper edition (unseen), $19.50. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

The 'Numbers Game' and Routes to Slavery 1
West Africa and the Transatlantic Slave Trade: New Evidence of Long-Run Trends 16
Long-Term Trends in African Mortality in the Transatlantic Slave Trade 36
Crew Mortality in the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Eighteenth Century 49
'My own nation': Igbo Exiles in the Diaspora 72
'Of a nation which others do not understand': Bambara Slaves and African Ethnicity in Colonial Louisiana, 1718-60 98
The Cultural Implications of the Atlantic Slave Trade: African Regional Origins, American Destinations and New World Developments 122
Notes on Contributors 146
Index 147
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