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the guide to historical resources • Issue 12: Slavery •


A map of the Atlantic Ocean with bordering continental areas, 1680

Atlantic Ocean with bordering continental areas, 1680.

Moses Pitt, Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica (Oxford, 1680). (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University).

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record, Jerome S. Handler and Michael L. Tuite Jr.



History in Focus invited eight academics to write short pieces on various aspects of slavery, the slave trade and its abolition from their own research perspectives. The resulting articles cover a broad range of issues, including resistance among slaves, runaway slave communities, proslavery arguments in the British West Indies, aspects of abolishing the slave trade including the economic consequences, and memories of slavery in Africa. We hope they will be of interest to historians and students of slavery and its consequences which still resonate today.

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