Atlantic Slavery: West Africa and the Caribbean

Centre of West African Studies, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 22696

Level of study Third/Final 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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