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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 Transatlantic Slave Trade to Bahia, 1582–1851

The Transatlantic Slave Trade to Bahia, 1582–1851

(p.130) Chapter 4 The Transatlantic Slave Trade to Bahia, 1582–1851
Extending the Frontiers

Alexandre Vieira Ribeiro

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the important role of the port of Salvador in Bahia in both the reception of slave arrivals from Africa and their redistribution to the regional markets in the northeast and other areas of Brazil. The growth of slave arrivals appears particularly pronounced in the middle of the seventeenth century. The Transatlantic Slave Trade: An Expanded and Online Database (TSTD2) allows the identification of the major African ports and regions of slave supply to Bahia. Entrepreneurial risks, as well as risks to human life and welfare, were an inevitable characteristic of the complex business of selling human beings. Overall, the traffic to Bahia was one of the most important branches of the transatlantic slave trade. It constituted an enduring transatlantic connection between the Old World and the New, and more slaves passed through Bahia than through any other New World port, with the single exception of Rio de Janeiro.

Keywords:   Bahia, slave arrivals, regional markets, slave supply, transatlantic slave trade, transatlantic connection

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