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The long term aim of this project is to collect, input and make publicly available a dataset on imports of goods in exchange for slaves and commodities along the West and West Central African coast from 1630 to 1866. The creation of such a dataset will involve an international team of researchers with specialist expertise in the archives of the major slave trade nations, namely England, The Netherlands, France, Portugal, Brazil, Denmark and the United States. We envisage that such data would be invaluable in answering a number of important questions that would in turn help us better understand both the mechanisms of exchange during the transatlantic slave trade but also the motivations of those involved. In particular:
Presence at the IISH will be required, days per week can be discussed later.
The International Institute of Social History (IISG-KNAW) is an Academy research institute. IISG is one of the most prestigious social history research institutes worldwide. It examines how work and labour relations have developed globally over time. To support its research, it collects archives and data from all over the world. The relationship between its research and its data and archive collections contributes substantially to the institute’s unique nature.
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
Cruquiusweg 31, 1019 AT, Amsterdam