The Atlantic Slave Trade: A Census

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Mar 1, 1972 - History - 357 pages
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Curtin combines modern research and statistical methods with his broad knowledge of the field to present the first book-length quantitative analysis of the Atlantic slave trade.  Its basic evidence suggests revision of currently held opinions concerning the place of the slave trade in the economies of the Old World nations and their American colonies.

“Curtin’s work will not only be the starting point for all future research on the slave trade and comparative slavery, but will become an indispensable reference for anyone interested in Afro-American studies.”—Journal of American History

“Curtin has produced a stimulating monograph, the product of immaculate scholarship, against which all past and future studies will have to be judged.”—Journal of American Studies

“Professor Curtin’s new book is up to his customary standard of performance: within the limits he set for himself, The Atlantic Slave Trade could hardly be a better or more important book.”—American Historical Review

 

 

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User Review  - haeesh - LibraryThing

A statistical survey; not for general reading. It has become a bit dated, though for shear weight of statistical data on the Slave Trade it can't be beat and is widely used by many authors. Read full review

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A Cliometricians dream come true...though it is a bit dated now. Read full review

Contents

The Hispanic Trade
15
The Colonies of the North Europeans
51
The Fifteenth Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
95
5 The English Slave Trade of the Eighteenth Century
127
6 The French Slave Trade of the Eighteenth Century
163
7 Main Currents of the EighteenthCentury Slave Trade
205
8 The Slave Trade of the Nineteenth Century
231
9 Major Trends
265
10 A Postscript on Mortality
275
Koelles Linguistic Inventory
289
Bibliography
299
Index
312
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About the author (1972)

Philip D. Curtin (1922–2009) was author of The Image of Africa and Two Jamaicas. He edited Africa Remembered, a collection of narratives by former slaves and others involved in the slave trade. He was a member of the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin from 1956–1975. From 1975 until the time of his death, he was a member of the faculty of Johns Hopkins University.

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