transatlantic slave trade

The Tragic Tale of the 1804 Haiti Massacre that Targeted Former Slave Owners and Their Families

The Haiti Massacre occurred in the aftermath of the final victory of the Haitian Revolution in 1804. Deeply scarred by the horrors of slavery, and driven by a desire for retribution, Dessalines and his followers unleashed a wave of violence against former slave owners and their families.

José Lopez da Moura: The Wealthiest Luso-African Slave Trader in 18th Century Sierra Leone

José Lopez da Moura was a notable figure in the 18th century Luso-African slave trade who operated in the region now known as Sierra Leone.

Signares: The Powerful West African Women of the Atlantic Slave Trade

The Signares were a group of powerful African women in the Atlantic slave trade who controlled the export of enslaved Africans from West Africa to the Americas in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Sebastián Lemba: The Runaway Slave Who Led a 15-Year Rebellion Against Spanish Colonial Rule in 16th Century Dominican Republic

Sebastián Lemba was a brave and fearless leader who led a rebellion against Spanish colonial rule on the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic) during the 1540s.

Davy the Maroon: The Jamaican Slave Catcher Who Made a Living Chasing Runaway Slaves

Captain Davy was an eighteenth-century Maroon officer who gained notoriety by killing Coromantee Tacky (chief) of the tribe, the leader of Tacky's Revolt, the most dangerous slave rebellion in eighteenth-century Jamaica.

The Forgotten Legacy of Anton Wilhelm Amo: The Enslaved Ghanaian Who Was Gifted to a German Prince in 1707

Anton Wilhelm Amo, was a man of Ghanaian descent who was enslaved and later given as a gift to a German prince in 1707. Despite being a slave, Anton Wilhelm Amo rose to prominence as a philosopher and made important contributions to the field.

Tacky’s War: The Brutal Slave Rebellion that Shook the British Empire in the 18th Century

Tacky's Rebellion began on April 7, 1760, on the frontier of St. Mary Parish in Jamaica. Tacky and a group of followers, consisting of both men and women, organized a coordinated attack on several plantations, killing overseers and other white colonists, and freeing enslaved people.

Aqualtune: The Angolan Princess Who Led a Resistance Against Portuguese Colonizers in the 17th Century

Princess Aqualtune was a brave and powerful Angolan princess who fought against Portuguese colonizers and later escaped slavery to lead a resistance movement in Brazil in the 17th century.

Velekete Slave Market: The Marketplace Where African Chiefs Sold Enslaved People to European Slave Traders

The Velekete Slave Market served as a business point between African middlemen and European slave merchants and facilitated the forced migration of thousands of Africans to the Americas, where they were subjected to generations of enslavement and exploitation.

The Untold Story of Angelo Soliman, the Enslaved African Who Was Gifted to the Imperial Governor of Sicily in 1734

Angelo Soliman was an enslaved African man who was captured from a region in present-day Nigeria and gifted to the Imperial Governor of Sicily in 1734.
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