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The Scale of Slavery on the Northwest Coast

Leland Donald

in Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1997 | ISBN: 9780520206168
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918115 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520206168.003.0010
The Scale of Slavery on the Northwest Coast

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This chapter investigates the number of slaves and the scale of slavery in the Northwest Coast, explaining the sources of numerical population data and describing the slave population as found in the census data. It also discusses other estimates of slave numbers which are often vague or contradictory. The chapter concludes that the number of slaves in many Northwest Coast communities was large enough to have considerable potential impact on those communities and the economic, social, and political circumstances of their owners.

Keywords: slaves; Northwest Coast; slave population; census; slave owners

Chapter.  6768 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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