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By Trevor P. Hall

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at the twentieth of January 1526, the Santiago left Lisbon certain for Africa with a shipment of brass and tin bracelets, around bells, barber basins and textile; through early October the send used to be again in Portugal with a truly various shipment, 108 enslaved Africans. With chilling detachment the ship’s buying and selling log files the commodification of humans, the costs paid for them, the sums bought for his or her sale and the quantity who didn't continue to exist the crossing. while this log can be tremendous infrequent, it's transparent from one other surviving rfile, the receipt e-book of the customs place of work of the Portuguese Cape Verde Islands, that such voyages have been standard within the early years of the 16th century. the majority of this quantity comprises a translation into English of the receipt ebook from the customs workplace of the Cape Verde Islands. In it Portuguese customs brokers recorded import tasks on over 3,000 slaves transported from within sight West Africa in 36 ships. The customs officials named the slave investors, ships, officials, group, and clothing stores of the ships, in addition to the cost of each one slave and the import responsibility accumulated by way of the Portuguese govt and the Catholic Church. A moment part of the customs booklet offers info of export taxes paid on c.600 African slaves by way of retailers from Portugal, Spain, and the Spanish Canary Islands, once they exchanged ecu item for slaves. the ultimate bankruptcy of the amount interprets the Santiago’s log, supplying an instance of a precise slave buying and selling excursion. Taken jointly those files open a unprecedented window into the workings and scope of the early Atlantic slave trade.

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