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Country   Voyages  

Slaves Transported

 
  Portugal (including Brazil)   30,000   4,650,000  
  Spain (including Cuba)   4,000   1,600,000  
  France (including West Indies)   4,200   1,250,000  
  Holland   2,000   500,000  
  Britain   12,000   2,600,000  
  British North America, U.S.   1,500   300,000  
  Denmark   250   50,000  
  Other   250   50,000  
  Total   54,200   11,000,000  

 

  • Number of Slaves Delivered to Each Country / Destination  (12)

 

Country / Destination  

Slaves Delivered

    %  
  Brazil   4,000,000     35.3  
  Spanish Empire (including Cuba)   2,500,000     22.1  
  British West Indies   2,000,000     17.7  
  French West Indies (including Cayenne)   1,600,000     14.1  
  British North America & U.S.   500,000     4.4  
  Dutch West Indies (including Surinam)   500,000     4.4  
  Danish West Indies   28,000     0.2  
  Europe (including Portugal, Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores, etc.   200,000     1.8  
  Total   11,328,000     100.0  

 

  • Number of Slaves Leaving African Ports (12)

 

African Port  

Number of Slaves Departing

    %  
  Senegambia (including Arguin), Sierra Leone   2,000,000     15.4  
  Windward Coast   250,000     1.9  
  Ivory Coast   250,000     1.9  
  Gold Coast (Ashanti)   1,500,000     11.5  
  Slave Coast (Dahomey, Adra, Oyo)   2,000,000     15.4  
  Benin to Calabar   2,000,000     15.4  
  Cameroons / Gabon   250,000     1.9  
  Loango   750,000     5.8  
  Congo / Angola   3,000,000     23.1  
  Mozambique / Madagascar   1,000,000     7.7  
  Total Leaving African Ports   13,000,000     100.0  

 

  • First Employment of Slaves in the Americas (12)

 

First Employment  

Number of Slaves

    %  
  Sugar Plantations   6,000,000     54.5  
  Coffee Plantations   2,000,000     18.2  
  Mines   1,000,000     9.1  
  Domestic Labor   1,000,000     9.1  
  Cotton Fields   500,000     4.5  
  Cocoa Fields   250,000     2.3  
  Building   250,000     2.3  
  Total   11,000,000     100.0  

 

       These data were derived from the W.E.B. Du Bois database of slaving voyages, which was later combined with other databases to form the comprehensive Voyages database of nearly 35,000 slaving expeditions, estimated to represent 80% of the total  (32).

 

 

Period  

Number of Slaves Accounted For

    %  
  1450-1600   409,000     3.6  
  1601-1700   1,348,000     11.9  
  1701-1800   6,090,000     53.8  
  1801-1900   3,466,000     30.6  
  Total Slave Exports   11,313,000     100.0  
 

 

  • Abolition Dates in the New World

Country

 

Date of Abolition

 

Comments

Upper Canada

  1793  

Ontario between 1791 and 1840

Haiti

  1794  

Revolution of slaves began in 1791

Lower Canada

  1803  

Quebec between 1791 and 1840

Argentina

  1813  

 

Chile

  1823  

 

Federal Republic of Central America

  1824  

Included Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica

Mexico

  1829  

 

Jamaica (British Empire)

  1834  

 

Guadeloupe (French Empire)

  1848  

 

Peru

  1851  

 

Surinam (Dutch Empire)

  1863  

 

United States

  1865  

Following the Civil War

Puerto Rico

  1873  

 

Cuba

  1880  

 

Brazil

  1888  

 

 

 

  • U.S. Census Data by Race - 1800 to 1860 (84)

Census Year Total Population

Breakdown By Race

Total,  %  Black
White Total Black Free Black Slave
1860 31,443,321 26,922,537 4,441,830 488,070 3,953,760

14.1

1850 23,191,876 19,553,068 3,638,808 434,495 3,204,313 15.7
1840 17,063,353 14,189,705 2,873,648 386,293 2,487,355 16.8
1830 12,860,702 10,532,060 2,328,642 319,599 2,009,043 18.1
1820 9,638,453 7,866,797 1,771,656 233,634 1,538,022 18.4
1810 7,239,881 5,862,073 1,377,808 186,446 1,191,362 19.0
1800 5,308,483 4,306,446 1,002,037 108,435 893,602 18.9

 

 


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