Atlantic Slavery: West Africa and the Caribbean

Centre of West African Studies, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 22695

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 or 2 depending on staff availability

Module description

1. provide an overview of the structure and volume of the transatlantic slave trade and the numbers of people it involved; 2. describe the practices of slave-raiding, slave-trading and slave-owning in selected pre-colonial West African states;3. explain why the slave trade was abolished; 4. analyse slaves’ experience of the `middle passage’; 5. explain the economics of plantation slavery, and explore the social and cultural life of slaves on selected Caribbean islands; 6. analyse slave rebellions on selected Caribbean islands.

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