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    Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

    Key Facts About This Resource

    Fields Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Gender and Sexuality, Political, Race
    Geographic Focus France, Great Britain and Ireland
    Chronology 1500s, 1600s, 1700s, 1800s
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    This database is the culmination of an ongoing project that has its beginnings in the 1960’s. For over forty years, scholars have been collecting records of slave trading voyages from all across the Atlantic world. It was made possible by the contributions of academics working in archives across the world in many different languages. Approximately eighty percent of all voyages that disembarked slaves are available.


    What you need to know

    • There are essays available on the sight detailing collection methods.
    • Summary statistics are available.
    • The database is searchable from the website based on twenty-five of the variables.
    • The database includes which archive each voyage’s information came from.
    • A codebook is available is a .pdf.
    • The downloads available include estimate spreadsheets, The cleaned up voyages dataset that is the same as the searchable data on the website, and the full database.
    • The estimates spreadsheet is available in .xlsx for Excel and .sav SPSS.
    • The  voyages dataset is available as a .sav for SPSS, a .dbf for database software, and .csv which can be used in most software packages that work with data.
    • The full database is available as a .sav file for SPSS.
    • To be able to use the full database outside of SPSS, you will have to convert the file to a different format.

    About tupsarru

    I am a PhD student At Florida State University studying Historical Climatology. I have masters’ degrees in History and Geographic Information Science. My research focuses on using crop observations from farm and plantation records to reconstruct climate conditions in the nineteenth century. By using these records in combination with phenology, the study of life cycles in plants and animals, it is possible to reassemble the average temperatures at these agricultural sites. This information can then be spatio-temporally interpolated to show how climate change occurred across the United States in the early years of industrialization. 

    User Feedback

    This is an absolutely invaluable resource both for research and teaching. I frequently assign students assignments using the resource. The search feature is particularly useful. 

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