A New Assessment of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

TitleA New Assessment of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsRichardson, D, Eltis, D
PublisherYale University Press
ISBN Number0300134363; 9780300134360
Keywordshistory of the Americas, slave traders, slave-trade voyages, transatlantic slave trade
Abstract

This chapter presents a new assessment of the transatlantic slave trade, including the organization and publication of the massive amount of new data on slave-trade voyages, the production of accessible reference to summary statistics derived from these data, and sustained scholarly attention to several branches of the slave trade. The reassessment has been constructed around the national flags that slave traders used to cross the Atlantic. The Transatlantic Slave Trade: An Expanded and Online Database (TSTD2) permits a firmly rooted understanding of the relative importance of the Dutch in the transatlantic slave trade. The annual breakdowns for the participation of each national group across 350 years also provide a basis for estimating the departure of slaves from Africa and the arrival of slaves in the Americas. TSTD2 will shift attention away from the overall assessment of the slave trade and the thousands of ports that were involved in the business.