Insuring the Transatlantic Slave Trade

  title={Insuring the Transatlantic Slave Trade},
  author={Robin Pearson and David Richardson},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  pages={417 - 446}
One important, but overlooked, risk mitigation device that facilitated the growth of the slave trade in the eighteenth century was the increasing availability of insurance for ships and their human cargoes. In this article we explore, for the first time, the relative cost of insurance for British slave traders, the underlying processes by which this key aspect of the business of slavery was conducted, and the factors behind price and other changes over time. Comparisons are also drawn with the… 
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