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The slave trade : the story of the Atlantic slave trade, 1440-1870  Cover Image Book Book

The slave trade : the story of the Atlantic slave trade, 1440-1870 / Hugh Thomas.


Chronicles the history of the African slave trade by Portugal, Brazil, Great Britain, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and the United States, from the first Portuguese slaving expeditions, through the abolitionist movements, to the final days of the trade in Cuba and Brazil. Includes who the slavers and abolitionists were, how profitable the business was, the African rulers and peoples who collaborated, the towns which grew rich on the trade, and more.

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  • ISBN: 0684810638
  • ISBN: 9780684810638
  • ISBN: 0684835657
  • ISBN: 9780684835655
  • Physical Description: 908 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, [1997]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 812-862) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
pt. 1. Green Sea of Darkness: What heart could be so hard? -- Humanity is divided into two -- The slaves who find the gold are all black -- The Portuguese served for setting dogs to spring the game -- I herded them as if they had been cattle -- The best and strongest slaves available -- For the love of God, give us a pair of slave women -- The white men arrived in ships with wings -- pt. 2. The Internationalization of the Trade: A good correspondence with the blacks -- The black slave is the basis of the hacienda -- Lawful to set to sea -- He who knows how to supple the slaves will share his wealth -- pt. 3. Apogee: No nation has plunged so deeply into this guilt as Great Britain -- By the grace of God -- pt. 4. The Crossing: A filthy voyage -- Great pleasure from our wine -- Slave harbors I -- Slave harbors II -- A great strait for slaves -- The blackest sort with short curled hair -- If you want to learn how to pray, go to sea -- God knows what we shall do with those that remain -- pt. 5. Abolition: Above all a good soul -- The loudest yelps for liberty -- The gauntlet had been thrown down -- Men in Africa of as fine feeling as ourselves -- Why should we see Great Britain getting all the slave trade? -- pt. 6. The Illegal Era: I see ... we have not yet begun the golden age -- The slaver is more criminal than the assassin -- Only the poor speak ill of the slave trade -- Active exertions -- Slave harbors of the nineteenth century -- Sharks are the invariable outriders of all slave ships -- Can we resist the torrent? I think not -- They all eagerly desire it, protect it and almost sanctify it -- Cuba, the forward sentinel -- Epilogue: The slave trade: a reflection -- Appendix 1: Some who lived to tell the tale -- Appendix 2: The trial of Pedro José de Zulueta in London for trading in slaves -- Appendix 3: Estimated statistics -- Appendix 4: Selected prices of slaves 1440-1870 -- Appendix 5: The voyage of the Enterprize.
Subject: Slave trade > History.

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Kirtland Community College Library HT 985 .T46 1997 30775305497704 General Collection Available -

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