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

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

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The rise and fall of the business of slave trading – by bestselling historian Hugh Thomas.

The Atlantic slave trade was one of the largest and most elaborate maritime and commercial ventures. Between 1492 and about 1870, ten million or more black slaves were carried from Africa to one port or another of the Americas.

In this wide-ranging book, Hugh Thomas follows the development of this massive shift of human lives across the centuries until the slave trade’s abolition in the late nineteenth century.

Paperback

925 pages

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A 'darkly compelling history of the trade'.
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The most impressive single volume history of the subject. Combining grand narrative sweep with vivid, telling detail, Thomas provides an elegant synthesis of contemporary accounts and modern scholarship
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