Middle Passage

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Middle Passages Middle Passage Duration of slave trade – 1440s through 1870s Popular representations of middle passage – slave revolts mid sea or of enslaved Africans jumping overboard ship Middle Passage – much more complex Middle Passage – provides best record of numbers in the slave trade and mortality rates of Africans in transit Detailed record keeping – mortality rates for enslaved, but also for crews on board slave ships o Best records for historians Themes Explored o Did European slavers make Africans more comfortable on ships to maximize profit? o Treat enslaved population better in order to reap these profits? o What were the mortality rates? Did they change over time? Why? How? What factors influenced the rates? o Slave trade compared to other forms of transportation i.e. convicts, contract laborers, military troops, free immigrants Historiography 1780s – English abolitionists 1780s/90s – British parliament statistical data
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