The Early African Atlantic: 16th and 17th Centuries

AHA Session 23
Conference on Latin American History 4
Thursday, January 5, 2017: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Mile High Ballroom 1C (Colorado Convention Center, Ballroom Level)
Paul E. Lovejoy, York University
The Audience

Session Abstract

This panel presents some of the newest scholarship on the early Atlantic slave trade. Drawing on diverse sources in multiple languages, it examines the little-known sixteenth and seventeenth century trades to the Americas. David Wheat uses early port records and legal cases to discover African provenance zones of the early Portuguese trade to the Caribbean. Marc Eagle examines the licensing of that trade and the consequences of private trade prior to 15945. Jane Landers discusses the 1521 Wolof slave revolt on Española and subsequent Spanish attempts to prohibit their introduction into the Americas. Angela Sutton looks at the rivalries among seventeenth-century Dutch, Swedish and Prussian traders on the Gold Coast and the consequences for the Atlantic trade.

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