Study Description

Records of Slave Ship Movement Between Africa and the Americas, 1817-1843

Bibliographic Information

Cataloging-During-Production (Machine Readable Data File)

Records of slave ship movement between Africa and the Americas, 1817-1843 [machine-readable data file] / compiled by Philip D. Curtin. -- 2nd. DPLS ed. / edited by Herbert S. Klein. -- New York : Herbert S. Klein [producer], 1973 ; Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin. Data and Information Services Center [distributor].

1 data file (2,313 logical records) + accompanying documentation.

These data were compiled from the Parliamentary papers, XLIX (73), 593-633 of the Foreign Office (1845).

Herbert S. Klein edited the original file and replaced missing values, originally coded as 'not ascertained' and 'no data,' with actual data.

Summary: These data were compiled in an effort to examine the dimensions of nineteenth century slave trade (including its legal abolition).

The data file contains information on ship's port of arrival, date of arrival, type of vessel, tonnage, master's name, number of guns, number of crew, national flag, number of slaves, port of departure, number of days of voyage, mortality.

ISBN 0-89605-037-8

I. Curtin, Philip D. II. Kein, Herbert S.

DISC Acknowledgement

These data were deposited at DPLS for public distribution by Philip D. Curtin and Herbert S. Klein, Departments of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Columbia University, respectively.

Acknowledgement of Assistance

All manuscripts utilizing data made available through the Data and Information Services Center (DISC) should acknowledge that fact as well as cite the title of the study as indicated on the title page and sample catalog statement and identify the original compiler(s) of the data. DISC urges all users of these data to follow some adaptation of this statement with the parentheses indicating items to be completed or deleted appropriately by the individual analyst.

  • The data (and tabulations) utilized in this (publication) were made available (in part) by the Data and Information Services Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The data for Records of Slave Ship Movement Between Africa and the Americas, 1817-1843 were compiled by Philip D. Curtin and edited by Herbert S. Klein from selected Parliamentary Papers of the British Foreign Office (1845). Mr. Curtin, Mr. Klein, or DISC bear no responsibility for the analyses or interpretations presented here.

 


File Inventory

Bibliographic Identity:

Unique File Inventory Identification Number
091278-000
Bibliographic Reference
Records of Slave Ship Movement Between Africa and the Americas, 1817-1843 [machine readable data file]. Compiled by Philip D. Curtin. DPLS ed. Edited by Herbert S. Klein. New York: Herbert S. Klein [producer], 197-. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin. Data and Information Services Center [distributor]. 1 data file (2,313 logical records), plus accompanying documentation. The data were compiled from selected Parliamentary Papers of the British Foreign Office (1845).
Unique Identification Codes for the MRDF
CB-505-001-INT-DPLS-1817-1; ISBN 0-89605-037-8
Type of File
numeric

Subject Contents:

Abstract
These data were compiled as part of a quantitative analysis of the slave trade from Africa to the Americas during the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
Universe to Which the Data Pertain
slave ships arriving in the Americas from Africa 1817-1843, as recorded in selected Parliamentary Papers
Geographic Focus
ports in Great Britain to various ports in the Americas
Descriptors
slave trade, economic history, Great Britain, migration, mortality
Demographic Variables
ship's port of arrival, date of arrival, type of vessel, tonnage, master's name, number of guns, number of crew, national flag, number of slaves, port of departure, number of days of voyage, mortality

File History:

Sponsor or Funding Agency
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Program in Comparative Tropical History, through funds made available by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Graduate Research Committee, Madison, Wisconsin; Columbia University, New York USA
Project Responsibility
Philip D. Curtin, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis.; edition responsibility, Herbert S. Klein, Columbia University, New York USA
Data Gathering Responsibility
Philip D. Curtin; edition, Herbert S. Klein
Data Processing Responsibility
Philip D. Curtin, Social Science Research Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Herbert S. Klein
Time Coverage (Date of Data Coverage)
1817-1843
Date of Data Collection
1968, 1973
Source(s) of Data (Input)
Parliamentary Papers XLIX (73) 593-633, British Foreign Office, 1845

Methodology:

Description of Sampling Design/Selection
all information provided by the records for the period 1817-1843 (sample of more than 2,000 slave ships) known to the Foreign Office
Instrumentation
Parliamentary Papers
Data Quality
Curtin deems these data a 'full sample' and thus providing excellent estimates
Unit of Analysis/Record Type
2,313 slave ships
Number of Variables
16
Analytic Comparability or Linkage with Other MRDF
Philip D. Curtin (edited by Herbert S. Klein), Records of Slave Ship Movement Between Africa and the Americas, 1817-1843; Herbert S. Klein, Internal Slave Trade to Rio de Janeiro, 1852; Slave Trade to Rio de Janeiro, 1825-1830; Slave Trade to Rio de Janeiro, 1795-1811; Angola Slave Trade in the Eighteenth Century, 1723-1771; English Slave Trade, 1791-1799 (House of Lords Survey); Slave Trade to Havana, Cuba, 1790-1820; Virginia Slave Trade in the Eighteenth Century, 1727-1769; Nantes Slave Trade in the Eighteenth Century, 1711-1791; Philip D. Curtin, Slave Ships of Eighteenth Century France, 1748-1756, 1763-1792; Klein, Herbert S. and Stanley L. Engerman, Slave Trade to Jamaica, 1782-1805-1808; Fogel, Robert W. and Stanley L. Engerman, Time on the Cross [machine readable data file].

File Processing History:

Edits, Corrections, and Cleaning
cleaned by Herbert S. Klein; original Curtin data file contained 'not ascertained' and missing data values; Klein returned to the original sources and replaced the 'na' and 'missing data' with actual data
File Structure
rectangular
Record Structure
fixed length

Availability:

As a reminder, all of this information is from the original codebook and some sections may now be obsolete.

Location of the MRDF
Data and Information Services Center (DISC), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 3308 Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706 USA
Location of the Documentation
Data and Information Services Center (DISC)
Access Restrictions
none
Type of Access
batch
Retention Status
indefinitely
Recording Information
The archival file consists of one file stored on CD-ROM. All information is in character format. Logical Record Size: 80 characters; Block Size: 3200 characters. Data is disseminated in zipped ASCII format.
Data Management Software Requirements
none
Computer or Hardware Requirements
none
Data Disclaimer
distributor distributes MRDF but takes no responsibility for its condition
Reference Materials
codebook
Publications
Philip D. Curtain, The Atlantic Slave Trade: A Census (Madison: WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1969)

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