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THE VOLUME OF THE EARLY ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE, 1450–1521

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 March 1997

IVANA ELBL
Affiliation:
Trent University

Abstract

ALTHOUGH slaves were the most common merchandise in the Portuguese-dominated opening period of the seaborne trade between Europe and Africa, relatively little conclusive information is available on their overall numbers. Even less is known about the distribution of these early exports of slaves in space and time, although these are two of the key factors in assessing the much debated societal impact of the early Atlantic slave trade and the role of slavery in West and West-Central African economic, social and political life.

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© 1997 Cambridge University Press

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