Digital Resources for the Study of Global Slavery and the Slave Trade

This page compiles digital resources and projects related to the study of slavery.  H-Slavery thanks our Network Editor Jorge Felipe for assembling these sources.  If you believe there are other items that should be added to our list, please contact Jorge at: jfelipe195@gmail.com.

Slave Trade Resources

"African Origins contains information about the migration histories of Africans forcibly carried on slave ships into the Atlantic. Using the personal details of 91,491 Africans liberated by International Courts of Mixed Commission and British Vice Admiralty Courts, this resource makes possible new geographic, ethnic, and linguistic data on peoples captured in Africa and pulled into the slave trade. The African Origins project arose directly from the work of G. Ugo Nwokeji and David Eltis, who in 2002 used audio recordings of names found in Courts of Mixed Commission records for Havana, Cuba, and Freetown, Sierra Leone, to identify likely ethno-linguistic origins. The names in these recordings were pronounced by speakers of the same language and accent that the Courts of Mixed Commission registrars would likely have had (e.g., if the name was written in a Havana register, Eltis and Nwokeji had the name pronounced by a Spanish speaker with a Havana accent). This helped connect the sound of the name to its spelling and thus enabled a more accurate assessment of the name’s possible ethnic origins than provided by its written counterpart alone. Those with knowledge of African languages, cultural naming practices, and ethnic groups can assist in identifying these Africans' origins by drawing on their own expertise to identify the likely ethno-linguistic origin of an individual's name." (last accessed, Sept. 23, 2016)

"This site provides access to the raw data and documentation which contains information on English slave trade from 1791-1799. Specifically, the data file contains information on the ship's name, tonnage, home port, departure date from England, African port of arrival, date of African arrival, slaves taken on board (total actually purchased), slave mortality, number of slaves transported, date of departure from Africa, date of arrival in New World, number of slaves landed in America, and date ship left America." (last accessed, Oct. 6, 2016)