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Study Report

Study Number: CB-505-013-1-1-International-Emory-1514

Subject Area: Economic Processes and Indicators

Bibliographic Citation: Voyages: the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 1514-1866.  [machine-readable data file] / Eltis, David  [principal investigator(s)] / Emory University  [distributor].

Date Accessioned: 5/13/2013

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: Voyages database is freely available at

Access Status: Unrestricted access

Documentation: Online documentation

Abstract: The Voyages website ( provides the most comprehensive source of data currently available on the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Its core data is originally published as the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: A Database on CD-ROM by Cambridge University Press in 1999 (DISC study JB-505-013). The Voyages Database is an expanded and continually growing database. This database contains records of nearly 35,000 separate slaving voyages between 1514 and 1866, gleaned from original documents and historical publications located in archives, libraries, and other institutions throughout the world. Data from these historical records were collected over many decades and will continue to be updated as new do cuments are discovered. Individuals will be able to contribute their own research to this collaborative resource. Each record in the Voyages Database offers information on a single slaving voyage; some of the details include the country of origin, the indi vidual(s) who sponsored it, the voyage itself (its itinerary, dates of travel, and outcome), captains and crew members, slaves transported, and the sources providing this voyage information.

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