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The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1440-1870

The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1440-1870

After many years of research, award-winning historian Hugh Thomas portrays, in a balanced account, the complete history of the slave trade. Beginning with the first Portuguese slaving expeditions, he describes and analyzes the rise of one of the largest and most elaborate maritime and commercial ventures in all of history. Between 1492 and 1870, approximately eleven million black slaves were carried from Africa to the Americas to work on plantations, in mines, or as servants in houses. "The Slave Trade" is alive with villains and heroes and illuminated by eyewitness accounts. Hugh Thomas's achievement is not only to present a compelling history of the time but to answer as well such controversial questions as who the traders were, the extent of the profits, and why so many African rulers and peoples willingly collaborated. Thomas also movingly describes such accounts as are available from the slaves themselves.



Chapter 1: What Heart Could Be So Hard?

Chapter 2: Humanity Is Divided into Two

Chapter 3: The Slaves Who Find the Gold Are All Black

Chapter 4: The Portuguese Served for Setting Dogs to Spring the Game

Chapter 5: I Herded Them As If They Had Been Cattle

Chapter 6: The Best and Strongest Slaves Available

Chapter 7: For the Love of God, Give Us a Pair of Slave Women

Chapter 8: The White Men Arrived in Ships with Wings


Chapter 9: A Good Correspondence with the Blacks

Chapter 10: The Black Slave Is the Basis of the Hacienda

Chapter 11: Lawful to Set to Sea

Chapter 12: He Who Knows How to Supply the Slaves Will Share This Wealth

Book Three: APOGEE

Chapter 13: No Nation Has Plunged So Deeply into This Guilt As Great Britain

Chapter 14: By the Grace of God


Chapter 15: A Filthy Voyage

Chapter 16: Great Pleasure from Our Wine

Chapter 17: Slave Harbors I

Chapter 18: Slave Harbors II

Chapter 19: A Great Strait for Slaves

Chapter 20: The Blackest Sort with Short Curled Hair

Chapter 21: If You Want to Learn How to Pray, Go to Sea

Chapter 22: God Knows What We Shall Do with Those That Remain


Chapter 23: Above All a Good Soul

Chapter 24: The Loudest Yelps for Liberty

Chapter 25: The Gauntlet Had Been Thrown Down

Chapter 26: Men in Africa of As Fine Feelings As Ourselves

Chapter 27: Why Should We See Great Britain Getting All the Slave Trade?


Chapter 28: I See . . . We Have Not Yet Begun the Golden Age

Chapter 29: The Slaver Is More Criminal Than the Assassin

Chapter 30: Only the Poor Speak Ill of the Slave Trade

Chapter 31: Active Exertions

Chapter 32: Slave Harbors of the Nineteenth Century

Chapter 33: Sharks Are the Invariable Outriders of All Slave Ships

Chapter 34: Can We Resist the Torrent? I Think Not

Chapter 35: They All Eagerly Desire It, Protect It and Almost Sanctify It

Chapter 36: Cuba, the Forward Sentinel


The Slave Trade: A Reflection

Some Who Lived to Tell the Tale - APPENDIX ONE

The Trial of Pedro José de Zulueta in London for Trading in Slaves - APPENDIX TWO

Estimated Statistics - APPENDIX THREE

Selected Prices of Slaves 1440-1870 - APPENDIX FOUR

The Voyage of the Enterprize - APPENDIX FIVE


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