European Slave Trading in the Indian Ocean, 1500-1850 by Richard B. AllenEuropean Slave Trading in the Indian Ocean, 1500-1850 by Richard B. Allen

European Slave Trading in the Indian Ocean, 1500-1850

byRichard B. Allen

Paperback | January 1, 2015

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"Allen offers important insights that are likely to inform the debate on the Indian Ocean slave trade for years.… The volume’s annotated tables alone speak to several years of painstaking research on a variety of sources … a significant contribution that should find a place in the library of any scholar of the slave trade." — African Studies Quarterly

Between 1500 and 1850, European traders shipped hundreds of thousands of African, Indian, Malagasy, and Southeast Asian slaves to ports throughout the Indian Ocean world. The activities of the British, Dutch, French, and Portuguese traders who operated in the Indian Ocean demonstrate that European slave trading was not confined largely to the Atlantic but must now be viewed as a truly global phenomenon. European slave trading and abolitionism in the Indian Ocean also led to the development of an increasingly integrated movement of slave, convict, and indentured labor during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the consequences of which resonated well into the twentieth century.

Richard B. Allen’s magisterial work dramatically expands our understanding of the movement of free and forced labor around the world. Drawing upon extensive archival research and a thorough command of published scholarship, Allen challenges the modern tendency to view the Indian and Atlantic oceans as self-contained units of historical analysis and the attendant failure to understand the ways in which the Indian Ocean and Atlantic worlds have interacted with one another. In so doing, he offers tantalizing new insights into the origins and dynamics of global labor migration in the modern world.

Richard B. Allen is the author of Slaves, Freedmen, and Indentured Laborers in Colonial Mauritius and numerous articles on the social and economic history of Mauritius as well as slavery and indentured labor in the Indian Ocean and colonial plantation worlds.
Title:European Slave Trading in the Indian Ocean, 1500-1850Format:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 2015Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0821421077

ISBN - 13:9780821421079


Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • Note on Currencies
  • Chapter 1 · Satisfying the Demand for Laboring People, 1500–1850
  • Chapter 2 · The British East India Company and the Trade in Stout Coffree Men, 1621–1804
  • Chapter 3 · Satisfying the Constant Demand of the French, 1670–1810
  • Chapter 4 · Carrying Away the Unfortunate from India and Southeast Asia, 1500–1800
  • Chapter 5 · The Mascarenes and the Disgraceful Traffic in Chattel Labor, 1811–1835
  • Chapter 6 · The Dictates of Humanity, Indian Convicts, and the New System of Slavery, 1774–1850
  • Appendices
    • A · Demographic Characteristics of Slaves at Bencoolen and Dependencies, 1775, 1766, and 1782
    • B · Slave Population at Bencoolen and Dependencies, 1687–1794
    • C · St. Helena Slave Population, 1680–1811
    • D · Slave Prices in the Indian Ocean, 1706–1804

Editorial Reviews

“Richard Allen’s book represents what may be the first attempt to fully grapple with the scale of and connections between diverse imperial slave trading operations in the Indian Ocean during the peak of the European capture and sale of Africans. …While various versions of some of the chapters have been published over several years in different venues, here they are complemented with richer data and brought into conversation. European Slave Trading in the Indian Ocean may well become the go-to source to comprehend the grand contours of the Indian Ocean trade.” —Comparative Studies in Society and History