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Historian Eltis describes stark details of slave trade

2011 January 5
by Hal Jacobs

Writing for CNN Opinion (Jan. 5, 2010), David Eltis (Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History) and David Richardson (director of the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull, England) reveal some of the stark numbers and stories around the transatlantic slave trade.

“In the 3¼ centuries between 1492 and about 1820, four enslaved Africans left the Old World for every European.”

“Samuel Adjai Crowther, liberated from a slave ship as a child in 1821, became the first Anglican African bishop and was largely responsible for creating the first written version of the Yoruba language. Remarkably, he married Asano, whom he had first met as a girl on the slave ship from which they were both rescued.”

Their Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade draws on five decades of research in archives around the north and south Atlantic to provide 189 detailed maps that answer many questions about the horrors of the Middle Passage from Africa to the Americas.

Media Resources

Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade (Dec. 2010)

The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database (March 2009)

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