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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 Demographic Decline of Caribbean Slave Populations: New Evidence from the Transatlantic and Intra-American Slave Trades

The Demographic Decline of Caribbean Slave Populations: New Evidence from the Transatlantic and Intra-American Slave Trades

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(p.335) Chapter 12 The Demographic Decline of Caribbean Slave Populations: New Evidence from the Transatlantic and Intra-American Slave Trades
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Extending the Frontiers
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David Eltis

Paul Lachance

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300134360.003.0012

This chapter focuses on the decline rate of the Caribbean slaves' population growth. New data on the arrival of slaves in the Americas together with new information on what has come to be called the intra-American slave trade provide an opportunity to reassess this critical issue. In Caribbean slave societies, the emergence of steady-state or growth conditions was severely delayed by a combination of the rigors of sugar production to which the slave labor force was subjected; the unhealthy, disease-ridden environments of many sugar plantations; and the massive, three-century-long expansion of the sugar sector. Linkage of rates in the Caribbean from 1715 to 1790 with periods before and after this time span is the next step in analyzing the demography of New World populations of African descent.

Keywords:   decline rate, Caribbean, slaves, slave trade, slave labor force

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