Black Cargoes : A History of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1518-1865
A scholarly general history of the Atlantic slave trade, this volume tells the story of how nearly 40 million Africans died between the 17th and 19th centuries. It is a story of greed, violence, daring and incredible callousness, enacted by both white and black men. In England and France it produced enormous fortunes that helped to finance the Industrial Revolution. In Africa it produced misery and social disintegration. In America it gave rise to the plantation system, the maritime trade of New England and the Civil War. The book explains how, where and why slaves were captured, how they were purchased by sea captains and packed into holds like merchandise, and how the survivors were sold in the West Indian and American markets. It also explains the rise of the anti-slavery movements, of the legal abolition of the trade by Britain in 1807 and of its persistence, in spite of the efforts of the Royal Navy, until the latter part of the 18th century.
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- Paperback | 336 pages
- 135 x 216 x 24mm | 362g
- 28 Mar 2002
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
- 12pp b&w illustrations, map, bibliography, index
About Daniel P. Mannix
Daaiel P Mannix has written extensively about Africa, and spent three years researching this book. Malcolm Cowley is a literary critic and collector of material on the slave trade.
Table of contents
The beginnings; slaving in the 17th century; the early American trade; flush times on the Guinea Coast; the middle passage; captains and crews; the Yankee slavers; the fight to abolish the trade; contraband; the roaring 1840s; slave catching in the Indian Ocean; the dream of a slave empire.