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Trans-Atlantic slave trade database

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The
Challenge

Harnessing decades' worth of research expertise in historical slavery, the database rose to the challenge of documenting the estimated 36,000 voyages taken to transport slaves.

The transatlantic slave trade is one of the largest forced movements of people in world history. The transatlantic slave trade database rose to the challenge of documenting the estimated 36,000 voyages taken to transport slaves in the 16th and 19th centuries.

The Transatlantic slave trade database provides information on over 36,000 slaving voyages that forcibly transported over 10 million Africans to the Americas.

The
Approach

Lead researchers

David Richardson Wise

Harnessing decades' worth of research expertise in historical slavery, Professor Richardson collaborated as part of an international team to create one universal record of slaving voyages.

The result is an online database that records over 10 million journeys of Africans forced to travel to the Americas for slavery during the transatlantic slave trade.

The Impact

The project lays bare the harsh realities of one of the world’s worst violations of human rights. The database is for the general public as well as researchers. It became the basis for major publications such as the prize-winning Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade (Yale, 2010), which was hailed as one of the greatest historical achievements of its time. This project was completed in 2008.

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