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Title:The trans-Atlantic slave trade database and African economic history
Editors:Lovejoy, Paul E.ISNI
Curto, Josť C.ISNI
Periodical:African Economic History (ISSN 0145-2258)
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:slave trade
conference papers (form)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/i40081867
Abstract:The user friendly, open source, online database 'The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database' (www.slavevoyages.org) contains the records of over 35,000 voyages. The database, which is hosted at Emory University, builds on the pioneering work of Philip D. Curtin. Subsequent demographic analysis of the forced migration of African peoples under slavery resulted in a more elaborate database, viz. David Eltis, David Richardson, Stephen Behrendt and Herbert S. Klein, published in 1999 on CD-ROM. The current online database is a greatly expanded version incorporating the research of many scholars. The relevance of the database in understanding African economic history was discussed at a workshop organized in May 2010 by the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, York University. The workshop challenged some of the achievements of this monumental collaboration and offered new insights into how the impact of slavery on Africa can be assessed. Contributions: The Upper Guinea coast and 'The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database' (Paul E. Lovejoy) - The slave trade from the Windward Coast: the case of the Dutch, 1740-1805 (Jelmer Vos) - The supply of slaves from Luanda, 1768-1806: records of Anselmo da Fonseca Coutinho (Daniel B. Domingues da Silva) - Reexamining the geography and merchants of the West Central African slave trade: looking behind the numbers (Filipa Ribeiro da Silva and Stacey Sommerdyk) - The registers of liberated Africans of the Havana Slave Trade Commission: transcription methodology and statistical analysis (Henry B. Lovejoy) - Extending the African names database: new evidence from Sierra Leone (Suzanne Schwarz). [ASC Leiden abstract]