The Final Victims: Foreign Slave Trade to North America, 1783-1810

TitleThe Final Victims: Foreign Slave Trade to North America, 1783-1810
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsEltis, D
ISBN Number0022-4529
KeywordsAmerican history, article, Book reviews, Books, Estimates, History, Human trafficking, NONFICTION, Slave trade
Abstract

On the size of the late US slave trade the author quite properly points to the wide discrepancy that currently exists between the high estimates of African arrivals supported by the demographic approach to measuring the slave trade (291,000), and the low estimates supported by voyage-based data. McMillin rests his case instead on anecdotes, comments from contemporary observers, and arguments about the impact on the already awful experience of a slaving voyage of first, the war at sea, second, the rush to buy slaves as abolition approached, and third the lengthened time on board ensured by the rise of the New Orleans market.