The Significance of the French Slave Trade to the Evolution of the French Atlantic World before 1716

TitleThe Significance of the French Slave Trade to the Evolution of the French Atlantic World before 1716
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsRichardson, D, Pritchard, J, Eltis, D
PublisherYale University Press
ISBN Number0300134363; 9780300134360
KeywordsFrench Atlantic world, French colonies, French government, French slaving activities, history of the Americas, Slave trade, Slaves, slaving voyages
Abstract

This chapter focuses on the importance of the French slaving activities to the origin of the French Atlantic world before 1716. The 1999 CD-ROM contained 159 records of French slaving voyages before 1716 and another twelve captured English slavers taken into French territories with slaves onboard. The 1701–1715 distribution of slaves arriving in both the French colonies and the Spanish Americas was not markedly different from those arriving in other major slave-importing areas of the Americas. The attenuated form that the early French slave trade now appears to have taken offers interesting insights into some larger issues associated with the rise of slavery in the Americas. The contrast between before and after 1670 suggests that it would not have taken much on the part of the French government to have kept the slave trade on a strong growth path in the last thirty years of the seventeenth century.