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The Atlantic Crucible

Audra A. Diptee

in From Africa to Jamaica

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034829
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038414 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034829.003.0002
The Atlantic Crucible

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The history of the Atlantic slave trade is a history of human encounters. Relationships between blacks and whites under slavery may have been defined by “race” and “power,” but it was also defined by perception. In the final decades of the British slave trade, captive Africans not only made it onto British ships but also arrived in Jamaica in numbers unmatched in previous years. The expansion of the Jamaican plantation economy, for which the Haitian Revolution was a catalyst, required that more captive men, women, and children were to be caught, captured, and even killed if the increased demand for enslaved labor in Jamaica was to be met. Unfortunately, during this period, trading mechanisms on the African coast were already well established and easily facilitated the increased numbers of captives shipped to Jamaica.

Keywords: Atlantic slave trade; British slave trade; captive Africans; Jamaican plantation economy; Haitian Revolution

Chapter.  6362 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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