The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade: 1440 - 1870

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Simon and Schuster, 1997 - History - 908 pages
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After many years of research, award-winning historian Hugh Thomas portrays, in a balanced account, the complete history of the slave trade.

Beginning with the first Portuguese slaving expeditions, he describes and analyzes the rise of one of the largest and most elaborate maritime and commercial ventures in all of history. Between 1492 and 1870, approximately eleven million black slaves were carried from Africa to the Americas to work on plantations, in mines, or as servants in houses. The Slave Trade is alive with villains and heroes and illuminated by eyewitness accounts. Hugh Thomas's achievement is not only to present a compelling history of the time but to answer as well such controversial questions as who the traders were, the extent of the profits, and why so many African rulers and peoples willingly collaborated. Thomas also movingly describes such accounts as are available from the slaves themselves.
 

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THE SLAVE TRADE: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1440-1870

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A masterful survey of the origins, development, nature, and decline of the trade in African men, women, and children, drawing heavily on original sources. Thomas (Conquest: Montezuma, CortĒs and the ... Read full review

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I had to abandon this book about four hundred pages in as I just couldn't take the pedestrian style any longer. With such a subject I had presumed the writer would have a wealth of interesting ... Read full review

Contents

A Filthy Voyage
291
Great Pleasure from Our Wine
315
Slave Harbors I
332
Slave Harbors II
353
A Great Strait for Slaves
370
The Blackest Sort with Short Curled Hair
388
If You Want to Learn How to Pray Go to Sea
409
God Knows What We Shall Do with Those That Remain
431
Selected Prices of Slaves 14401870
806
The Voyage of the Enterprize 809
6
List of Maps 7
7
Introduction 9
9
Green Sea of Darkness
19
What Heart Could Be So Hard? 21
21
Humanity Is Divided into Two 25
25
The Slaves Who Find the Gold Are All Black 32
32

Above All a Good Soul
449
The Loudest Yelps for Liberty
467
The Gauntlet Had Been Thrown Down
486
Men in Africa of As Fine Feeling As Ourselves
512
Why Should We See Great Britain Getting All the Slave Trade?
537
The Slaver Is More Criminal Than the Assassin
591
Only the Poor Speak 111 of the Slave Trade
629
Active Exertions
651
Slave Harbors of the Nineteenth Century
673
Sharks Are the Invariable Outriders of All Slave Ships
709
Can We Resist the Torrent? I Think Not
727
They All Eagerly Desire It Protect It and Almost Sanctify It
747
Cuba the Forward Sentinel
769
Epilogue
786
Some Who Lived to Tell the Tale
799
The Portuguese Served for Setting Dogs to Spring the Game
48
Herded Them As If They Had Been Cattle 68
68
The Best and Strongest Slaves Available 87
87
For the Love of God Give Us a Pair of Slave Women 114
114
The White Men Arrived in Ships with Wings 228
128
The Internationalization of the Trade
151
A Good Correspondence with the Blacks 153
153
The Black Slave Is the Basis of the Hacienda 182
182
Lawful to Set to Sea 196
196
He Who Knows How to Supply the Slaves Will Share This Wealth 210
210
Apogee
233
No Nation Has Plunged So Deeply into This Guilt As Great Britain 235
235
By the Grace of God 262
262
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About the author (1997)

Hugh Thomas is the author of The Spanish Civil War, Conquest, and many other books. A former Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies (U.K.), he was made Lord Thomas of Swinnerton in 1981. He is currently a University Professor at Boston University. He lives in London.

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