The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on more than 35.000 slave voyages that forcibly embarked over 12 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the 16th and 19th centuries. It draws upon data from libraries and archives around the Atlantic world.

In August 2014 the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database comprised nearly 35.000 individual slaving expeditions between 1514 and 1866. The records ‘provide information about vessels, enslaved peoples, slave traders and owners, and trading routes. A variable (Source) cites the records for each voyage in the database. Other variables enable users to search for information about a particular voyage or group of voyages. The website provides full interactive capability to analyze the data and report results in the form of statistical tables, graphs, maps, or on a timeline.’ In the section ‘Resources – Images’ representations can be found of people, places, artifacts, and vessels of the slave trade era. These images can be downloaded in JPEG format.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is the principal sponsor of the project, and it is an Emory University Digital Library Research Initiative.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 1:49pm
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