Way of Death: Merchant Capitalism and the Angolan Slave Trade, 1730–1830

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Mar 15, 1997 - History - 800 pages
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This acclaimed history of Portuguese and Brazilian slaving in the southern Atlantic is now available in paperback.
With extraordinary skill, Joseph C. Miller explores the complex relationships among the separate economies of Africa, Europe, and the South Atlantic that collectively supported the slave trade. He places the grim history of the trade itself within the context of the rise of merchant capitalism in the eighteenth century. Throughout, Miller illuminates the experiences of the slaves themselves, reconstructing what can be known of their sufferings at the hands of their buyers and sellers.

 

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Contents

On the Way
171
The Last Stop
443
Merchants of Death
533
Part 5 Conclusion
655
Appendix A Comparative Estimates of Basic Labor Rations
695
Appendix B Estimate of Mortality among Slaves Awaiting Sale in the New World
701
Appendix C Principal Authors of Documentation Cited
703
Glossary of Foreign Terms Used in the Text
709
Glossary of Portuguese Terms Used in the Notes
714
Works Cited
717
Index
747
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About the author (1997)

Joseph C. Miller is T. Cary Johnson, Jr., Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His books include Kings and Kinsmen, Slavery and Slaving in World History, and The African Past Speaks.

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