The Danish Slave Trade and Its Abolition


In The Danish Slave Trade and Its Abolition, Erik Gøbel offers an account of the well-documented Danish transatlantic slave trade. Denmark was the seventh-largest slave-trading nation with forts and factories on the Gold Coast and a colony in the Virgin Islands. The comprehensive Danish archival material provides the basis for Gøbel’s descriptions of the volume and composition of the slave trade and trade cargoes, as well as the shipping and conditions on board along the Middle Passage. Attention is also paid to the 1791 Danish Slave Trade Commission report and the final decision to abolish the slave trade altogether.

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Erik Gøbel is Senior Researcher at the Danish National Archives, Copenhagen. He has published mainly on the former Danish tropical colonies. His books in English include A Guide to Sources for the History of the Danish West Indies (2002).
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Diagrams
List of Tables
Part One: The Danish Slave Trade
1. Introduction
2. Volume and Composition of the Slave Trade and the Trade Cargoes
3. Transatlantic Slave Trade Shipping
4. Slave Trade in the Danish West Indies and in Asia
Part Two: Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade
5. Prelude in Denmark prior to 1792
6. Ernst Schimmelmann
7. The Slave Trade Commission and its Report, 1791
8. The Abolition Edict, 1792
9. Transitional Period, 1792–1802
10. Developments after 1803
11. Conclusion
Part Three: Sources
The Slave Trade Commission’s Report, 1791
The Abolition Edict, 1792
All interested in the history of transatlantic slave trade, especially the Danish slave trade and its early abolition, and anyone concerned with slavery, triangular shipping, and trade.
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