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The African Slave Trade, 1789 to 1842

Don E. Fehrenbacher and Ward M. McAfee

in The Slaveholding Republic

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780195158052
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849475 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158052.003.0005
The African Slave Trade, 1789 to 1842

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In the spring of 1800, by a vote of 67 to 5, the House of Representatives approved a Senate bill strengthening federal restrictions on American participation in the foreign slave trade. The two principal modes of American involvement in the African slave trade—as a maritime carrier and as an import market—are sometimes inadequately differentiated. They were not only functionally distinctive and sectionally concentrated but often unconnected in practice. That is, a majority of the slaves brought to British North America and the United States during the 17th and 18th centuries were transported in European ships; and many, perhaps a majority, of the slaves carried away from Africa in American ships over that same period were taken to places other than the North American continent.

Keywords: House of Representatives; Senate; bill; slave; trade; British North America; United States; Africa

Chapter.  16477 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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