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Extending the FrontiersEssays on the New Transatlantic Slave Trade Database$
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David Eltis and David Richardson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300134360

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300134360.001.0001

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The Slave Trade of Northern Germany from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Centuries

The Slave Trade of Northern Germany from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Centuries

(p.250) Chapter 9 The Slave Trade of Northern Germany from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Centuries
Extending the Frontiers

Andrea Weindl

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the German slave traders who played, at most, a minor part in the history of the transatlantic slave trade. The ending of the Brandenburg slave trade came quite abruptly after 1700, not only because of financial constraints but also because the English and French chose to stop buying slaves from the Germans. German involvement in the Atlantic slave trade was always dependent on broader political and economic conjunctures, as the German states were unable to provide sufficient resources to promote trading companies on their own. Although the Germans did not play a major role in the slave trade, the history of their involvement, especially that of Brandenburg-Prussia, provides an interesting example of how smaller states tried to share this trade in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Keywords:   German slave traders, transatlantic slave trade, Brandenburg slave trade, financial constraints, Atlantic slave trade

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