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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 Origins of Slaves Leaving the Upper Guinea Coast in the Nineteenth Century

The Origins of Slaves Leaving the Upper Guinea Coast in the Nineteenth Century

(p.155) Chapter 5 The Origins of Slaves Leaving the Upper Guinea Coast in the Nineteenth Century
Extending the Frontiers

Philip Misevich

Yale University Press

This chapter explains the understanding of the African end of the slave trade through an analysis of the Registers of Liberated Africans in conjunction with the revised edition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Database (TSTD2). The slave trade from Sierra Leone never came close to matching the export figures of the more active slaving centers south of the equator. By providing a linguistic identification of recaptive names from the Havana Registers and pinpointing the geographic regions in which they are currently used, an estimation of the point of enslavement for these recaptives is possible. Comparing the Rio Pongo results with the distances traveled by slaves from southern Sierra Leone ports leads to some noteworthy contrasts between the north and south. Thus, the potential that culturally significant evidence such as African names can have for shedding further light on the African end of the slave trade is demonstrated.

Keywords:   slave trade, Liberated Africans, Transatlantic Slave Trade, Sierra Leone, Rio Pongo

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