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Questions of demography and demographic data have always been the foundation on which social histories are built. How many women were captured and transported to the Americas in the first two hundred years of the transatlantic slave trade? Chapter 1, “Producing Numbers: Reckoning with the Sex Ratio in the Transatlantic Slave Trade, 1500–1700,” considers the answer to this deceptively simple question and suggests that the nature of demographic evidence reveals a series of connections across data and ideology that emerge from the early history of the transatlantic slave trade. By focusing on when and where enslaved women were counted, the impact of gender and race on emerging ideologies of population and trade come into focus. The chapter also highlights the ways in which the production of data about slavery and the slave trade reflects racialized categories of knowledge production that contribute to the erasure of enslaved people from the archives.

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