Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database Launched

A monumental website was launched yesterday. "Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, launched yesterday in conjunction with a conference at Emory University marking the bicentennial of the official end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in 1808. "Voyages" documents the slave trade from Africa to the New World in the 1500s to 1800s and includes searchable information on nearly 35,000 trips and the names of 70,000 human cargo. The voluminous work documents two-thirds of all slave trade voyages between 1514 and 1866. For someone who knows that an ancestor was enslaved in a certain part of the South, the database might help him trace from where in Africa the ancestor most likely came, said Emory history professor Leslie Harris.

Thanks to the Baltimore Sun for the information.

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