Mapping the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Overview of the slave trade out of Africa, 1500-1900 (Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, Emory University)

The historic slave trade from Africa to the Americas was so widespread and so horrific as to remain difficult to entirely grasp. A new book, “Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade," aims to turn historic data from the period into a more coherent view, through maps and data. The book uncovers information that may soon have us all reconsidering not only America's history, but many of our own personal stories. 

David Eltis, professor of history at Emory University and co-author of the book, says that the data put forth in the atlas reveals a modern reintegration of peoples from around the world. The transatlantic slave trade marked the very beginning of that shift, which is still happening today.


Professor David Eltis

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer and Jen Poyant

Comments [2]

James from Newport News, VA

Mapping the Transatlantic Slave Trade.. When I was a child my Greatparents, particularly my Great Grandmother used to tell the family about how the European Jews mistreated the Ethiopian Jew Slaves. Can you comment further on this subject? I am of mixed racial ethnicity-Ethiopian Jew/Cherokee/Scandinavian/Spainard. I wanted to see you at the Mariners' Museum May 5, 2011 at 7 p.m., but I had a previous conflicting business appointment.
Thank you,

May. 05 2011 08:55 PM
brooks robinson

does anyone know which is the recording used at the end of this piece on frank zappa?


Dec. 21 2010 09:10 AM

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