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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 to Pernambuco, 1561–1851

The Slave Trade to Pernambuco, 1561–1851

(p.95) Chapter 3 The Slave Trade to Pernambuco, 1561–1851
Extending the Frontiers

Daniel Barros Domingues da Silva

David Eltis

Yale University Press

This chapter outlines the slave trade to Pernambuco, where slave trading began very early in 1560 and ended very late in 1851. New estimates of slave arrivals in Pernambuco over the approximately three centuries that slaves disembarked at the port have been based partly on records of actual arrivals and departures of vessels, and partly on estimates of well-placed officials. From 1777 to 1784, the Pombalina Company continued to carry slaves to Pernambuco. The trade expanded gradually in the late sixteenth century, reached 4,000–5,000 a year by the time the plantation labor force became entirely African in 1620, and was then severely curtailed by the Dutch incursion. Preliminary breakdowns suggest that, after 1800, southeast Africa was a much less important source for Pernambuco than for Bahia and Rio de Janeiro.

Keywords:   slave trade, Pernambuco, slave arrivals, Pombalina Company, plantation labor force, Dutch incursion

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