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Thursday, December 18, 2008

New OA database on trans-Atlantic slave trade

Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database is a new OA database sponsored by Emory University, the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities, and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. See the December 5 press release from Emory or coverage by the Associated Press. (Thanks to ResourceShelf.)

The site provides data on almost 35,000 trans-Atlantic slave-trading voyages, maps, images, data on some individual Africans transported, and educational resources. The bulk of the dataset comes from projects from the 1990s to compile the data, published on CD-ROM in 1999.

For more information on the project, see this site from Emory's Metascholar Initiative and this post by Elisabeth Grant on the American Historical Association's blog.

See also our past post on the project.