Mapping the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (RMMS lecture series)

Ages: Adult

Description

Dr. Lovejoy’s interdisciplinary mapping project explores the relationship between conflict, slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world. While scholars have amassed large amounts of data related to the transatlantic slave trade, a more pressing question lingers: Where did those 12.7 million people come from within pre-colonial West Africa before boarding slave ships destined for the Americas?

Africa lacks reliable historical maps compared to other heavily populated regions of the world.  Dr. Lovejoy’s digital mapping project seeks to visualize and calculate the probabilities of African origins of enslaved people in diaspora.

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