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Extract from the Annual Register showing the extent of trading in slaves, 1758
(Catalogue ref: T 70/1263)
  • This ordinary looking document tells a very moving and powerful story. It is just one page of the Annual Register of slaves exported from Africa to the Americas. This particular page comes from the register for 1758.
  • If you look carefully at the document you can see that it lists the ships carrying slaves, when they arrived in Africa, where they are coming from, who owned them etc.
  • The document shows the total number of slaves in this short period. An analysis of the register by historians has shown that the total numbers transported look something like this:
  • Year

    Numbers of slaves landed in America

    1701-1720

    626,000

    1721-1740

    870,000

    1741-1760

    1,007,000

    1761-1780

    1,148,000

    1781-1800

    1,561,000

    1801-1820

    980,000

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