The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database – info on 35,000 slave voyages

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has
information on more than 35,000 slave voyages

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This detailed drawing of the interior of a slave ship shows how the “cargo” was arranged to maximize capacity

These voyages forcibly embarked over 12 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.

It offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.

This illustration shows a slave auction taking place in Virginia, 1861.

This illustration shows a slave auction taking place in Virginia, 1861.

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Comments

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 02/09/2015 at 12:32 pm

    Wow! What an ambitious project!

    Thanks for sharing, Cyril.

  • Deen  On 02/10/2015 at 5:51 pm

    Rosaliene, as part of history,wouldn’t it be good idea if the Government of Guyana could set up databases to list details of the ships that took slaves and indentured immigrants to Guyana. I’m confident that both the British and the Indian Government have documentation and kept logs of such ships that made voyages to Guyana. I heard that the Guyana Government have resisted and have been reluctant to set up such a database despite appeals from many Guyanese.

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 02/10/2015 at 6:49 pm

      That would be a great, Deen. We have to own our past, our roots. We have to end the shame. We come from good stock: only the strong in mind and body could have survived such brutality.

      “From the nigger yard of yesterday I come with my burden. / To the world of tomorrow I turn with my strength.” (Martin Carter)

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