Book Review – ‘European slave trading in the Indian Ocean, 1500–1850’ by Jane Hooper

By Jane Hooper, published November 2020


Between 1500 and 1850 Europeans purchased about half a million men, women, and children from East Africa, Madagascar, India and Southeast Asia, and transported them to locations throughout the Indian Ocean. The slaves who survived these voyages supported European activities by working in ports, plantations and trading factories. In spite of the scale and significance of these forced migrations, European slaving operations outside the Atlantic have received comparatively little attention. In European Slave Trading in the Indian Ocean, Richard Allen provides the first thorough survey of European slaving within the Indian Ocean and reveals the need for a global perspective on issues of enslavement and abolition …

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Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Miscellaneous

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