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English Slave Trade, 1791-1799 (House of Lords Survey)

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Notes on the Data Set: Known Problems with the Data
VARIABLES COLUMNS WIDTH CODING INSTRUCTIONS
Ship ID 1-4 4 Code in consecutive order 0001-0347
Deck No. 5 1 Code Number 1
Ship's Name 6-15 10 Aphanumeric: write out letters of name (use dash for empty spaces)
Tonnage 16-18 3 Code actual number, leave empty (with dash) if not given
Home Port of Ship 19 1 Code as follows:
1=Liverpool
2=Bristol
3=London
...
9=Unknown
Departure Date from England 20-25 6 20-21=Month
22-23=Day
24-25=Year (last two digits)
African Port of Arrival 26-27 2 See attached sheet
Date of African Arrival 28-33 6 28-29=Month
30-31=Day
32-33=Year
Slaves Taken on Board from Arrival to Final Departure
(i.e. total number actually purchased over entire African stay)
34-55 3=Men
3=Women
3=Boys
3=Girls
4=Total
3=Total Males
3=Total Females
34-36=Men
37-39=Women
40-42=Boys
43-45=Girls
46-49=Total
50-52=Total Males
53-55=Total Females
(code actual no. and dash for empty)
(These last two categories of Total Males and Females are only to be used when 1790s coder gives only total sex figures and does not give four fold age and sex breakdown -i.e. cols 34-45. Otherwise leave empty with dash.)
Number of Slaves who Died on African Coast before Departure 56-67 3=Men
3=Women
3=Boys
3=Girls
56-58=Men
59-61=Women
62-64=Boys
65-67=Girls
Number of Slaves Relanded on African Coast Prior to Departure 68-79 3=Men
3=Women
3=Boys
3=Girls
68-70=Men
71-73=Women
74-76=Boys
77-79=Girls
ID 1-4 4 Repeat Ship ID number on this second card (cols 1-4)
Deck No. 5 1 Code number 2 (col. 5)
Number of Slaves "Trans-shipped"
(I assume, to other slave vessels before the final departure of given ship)
6-17 3=Men
3=Women
3=Boys
3=Girls
6-8=Men
9-11=Women
12-14=Boys
15-17=Girls (cols. 6-17)
Date of African Departure 18-23 6 18-19=Month
20-21=Day
22-23=Year (cols. 18-23)
Number of Slaves on Board upon Ship's Sailing from Africa
(var. 9-10-11-14 should be = var. 16)
(see var. 22 for concluding section of this var.)
24-35 3=Men
3=Women
3=Boys
3=Girls
24-26=Men
27-29=Women
30-32=Boys
33-35=Girls (cols. 24-35)
Number of Slaves who Died at Sea
(in Middle Passage)
36-47 3=Men
3=Women
3=Boys
3=Girls
36-38=Men
39-41=Women
42-44=Boys
45-47=Girls (cols. 36-47)
New World Port of Arrival 48-49 2 See attached sheet (cols. 48-49)
Date of New World Arrival 50-55 6 50-51=Month
52-53=Day
54-55=Year (cols. 50-55)
Number of Slaves Landed in America 56-71 3=Men
3=Women
3=Boys
3=Girls
4=Total
56-58=Men
59-61=Women
62-64=Boys
65-67=Girls
68-71=Total (cols. 68-71)
Date Ship Left America 72-77 6 72-73=Month
74-75=Day
76-77=Year (cols. 72-77)
Total Number of Slaves on Board Ship on African Departure
(often given when no age and sex breakdown is provided -i.e. when var. 16 is empty)
78-80 3 Code actual number, and leave empty if not given, or if var. 16 is complete.



African Port of Arrival

S. Leone:

1 - S. Leone (Sircalone)
2 - Cape Mount
3 - Timbey
4 - Rio Nunez
5 - I. de Luz
6 - Benee Is.

Senegambia:

7 - Gambia

Gold Coast:

8 - Ana Marie
9 - Aramaba (Ghana or Gold Coast modern day Anomabu)
10 - Dixcove
11 - Cap Coast
12 - Lamo R.

Windward Coast:

13 - Bassa
14 - C. Lamon
15 - Grand Bassay
16 - C. Mont
17 - C. Lahoe (Cape Lahore)
18 - Carraway Roads
19 - Denerar
20 - Corboli By

Bight of Biafra:

21 - Bonny
22 - Calabar
23 - New Calabar
24 - Cameroon River
25 - Bimby
26 - Gabon River

Bight of Benin:

27 - Porte Novo
28 - Whydeh
29 - Popoeland

Congo/Angola:

30 - Angola
31 - Cape Padron (Padrosu)
32 - Congo River
33 - Ambriz
34 - Iron Pt.
35 - Malimba
36 - Loango
37 - Bomazu
38 - C. Mazunada
39 - Cubendi

Unknown:

40 - Barabalew (Barabalew)
41 - Grenada Point
42 - Pt. Bannaney
43 - Unknown
44 - Avalon
45 - Kocke
46 - Benin Bar
47 - Cape Benda
48 - Anamaboo (boo) (on Ghana or Gold Coast modern day Anomabu)
49 - Metrueba

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New World Port of Arrival

1 - St. Vincents
2 - Gonode
3 - Kingston
4 - New Pound
5 - Montego Bay
6 - Cz
7 - Jamaica
8 - Dominica
9 - Montego Bay
10 - Havana
11 - Antonia
12 - Grenada
13 - Trinidad
14 - Port Maria
15 - Tobago
16 - Basbader
17 - Barbados
18 - can not read
19 - Deniciar
20 - Belamo
21 - St. Georges Bay
22 - Port Royal
23 - St. Pierre
24 - St. Croix
25 - Martinica
26 - St. Lucio
27 - Trolilo

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