Study Description

Slave Ships of Eighteenth Century France, 1748-1756, 1763-1792

Bibliographic Information

Cataloging-During-Production (Machine Readable Data File)

Slave ships of eighteenth century France, 1748-1756, 1763-1792 [machine-readable data file] / compiled by Philip D. Curtin. -- DPLS ed. -- Madison, Wis. : Philip D. Curtin [producer], 1968 ; Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin. Data and Information Services Center [distributor].

1 data file (910 logical records) + accompanying documentation.

These data were compiled from Per Dieudonne Rinchon's Le trafic negrier, l'organisation commericale de la traite des noirs (Bruxelles: Editions Atlas, 1938, 248-305).

Summary: These data were collected as part of an effort to examine the quantitative dimensions of the slave trade and a comparative study of the social and economic history of New World slavery.

The data file contains information on date ship sailed, tonnage, size of crew, site of slave purchase, number of slave bought, size of slave sale in America, number of slaves sold, date ship returned to port, and number of deceased crew members.

ISBN 0-89605-025-4

I. Curtin, Philip D.

DISC Acknowledgement

These data were deposited at DPLS for public distribution by Philip D. Curtin, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin.

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 (collector) 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 (DISC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The data for Slave Ships of Eighteenth Century France, 1748-1756, 1763-1792 were originally compiled by Philip D. Curtin from the writings of Pere Dieudonne Rinchon. Neither Mr. Curtin nor DISC bears any responsibility for the analyses or interpretations presented here.

 


File Inventory

Bibliographic Identity:

Unique File Inventory Identification Number
041278-000
Bibliographic Reference
Slave Ships of Eighteenth Century France, 1748-1756, 1763-1792 [machine readable data file]. Compiled by Philip D. Curtin. DPLS ed. Madison, WI: Philip D. Curtin [producer], 1968. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin. Data and Information Services Center [distributor]. 1 data file (910 logical records), plus accompanying documentation. The data were compiled from Pere Dieudonne Rinchon's Le trafic negrier, l'organisation commerciale de la traite des noirs (Bruxelles, Paris, Nantes: Editions Atlas, 1938, 248-305).
Unique Identification Codes for the MRDF
CB-505-002-INT-DPLS-1748-1; ISBN 0-89605-025-4
Type of File
numeric

Subject Contents:

Subject Contents:

Abstract
These data were compiled as part of an effort to examine the quantitative dimensions of the slave trade and a comparative study of the social and economic history of New World slavery.
Universe to Which the Data Pertain
slave ship voyages from Africa to the Americas
Geographic Focus
Nantes, France to Africa to the Americas
Descriptors
slave trade, economic history, Africa, migration, mortality
Demographic Variables
date ship sailed, tonnage, size of crew, site of slave purchase, number of slave bought, size of slave sale in America, number of slaves sold, date ship returned to port, number of deceased crew members

File History:

Project Responsibility
Philip D. Curtin
Data Gathering Responsibility
Philip D. Curtin
Data Processing Responsibility
Philip D. Curtin
Time Coverage (Date of Data Coverage)
1748-1756, 1763-1792
Date of Data Collection
1968
Source(s) of Data (Input)
Pere Dieudonne Rinchon's Le trafic negrier, l'organisation commerciale de la traite des noirs (Bruxelles, Paris, Nantes: Edition Atlas, 1938, 248-305).

Methodology:

Description of Sampling Design/Selection
Rinchon published a list of all ships known to have sailed from Nantes between 1748 and 1792. This list was drawn from the declarations de retour, supplemented by other records when the declarations were missing.
Instrumentation
Rinchon's published work (appendix) which listed ships known to have sailed from Nantes
Data Quality
data are incomplete; some missing data have been supplied by statistical inference; supplementary estimates constructed
Unit of Analysis/Record Type
910 slave ships
Number of Variables
15
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:

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
Costs
direct, plus DISC overhead
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 the 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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