Research Note on Captive Atlantic Flows: Estimating Missing Data by Slave-Voyage Routes

  title={Research Note on Captive Atlantic Flows: Estimating Missing Data by Slave-Voyage Routes},
  author={P. Manning and Y. Liu},
  journal={Journal of World-Systems Research},
This essay provides new estimates of the number of captives carried in the Atlantic slave trade during each decade from the 1650s to the 1860s. It relies on two categories of known data—on the routes of voyages and the numbers of captives recorded on those voyages—as a basis for estimation of missing data and totals of captive flows. It uses techniques of Bayesian statistics to estimate missing data on routes and flows of captives. As a framework for the Bayesian estimates, it focuses on… Expand

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