Research inspired by Philip D. Curtin’s pioneering The Atlantic Slave Trade: A Census (1969) has made the African slave trade to the Americas the best-documented migration before the mid-1800s. A tremendous contribution to the understanding of the trade’s overall importance and of its temporal and geographical variations has come from the compilation of a massive database of slaving voyages, the first version of which was published by Cambridge University Press on CD-ROM in 1999. This volume of essays interprets the greatly expanded second edition (or TSTD2 ), which is now freely accessible on the Internet at www.slavevoyages.org. As the essays demonstrate, the nearly 35,000 slaving voyages in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database shed new light on almost every aspect of the trade.

Readers of this journal will find the TSTD2 and this guide of special interest because, as the editors...

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