Measuring the Atlantic Slave Trade: An Assessment of Curtin and Anstey

  title={Measuring the Atlantic Slave Trade: An Assessment of Curtin and Anstey},
  author={Joseph E. Inikori},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={197 - 223}
  • J. Inikori
  • Published 1 April 1976
  • History, Economics
  • The Journal of African History
The main historical problem to which Professor Curtin addressed himself in the Census relates to the total number of slaves imported from Africa into all the slave-importing Atlantic regions during the entire period of the Atlantic slave trade. The estimates of the Census put the total number at 9,566,000. It is conceded that the actual number may be either somewhat lower or higher. But Professor Curtin concludes that ‘it is extremely unlikely that the ultimate total will turn out to be less… 

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