Describes the history of how the 'Africa Trade' formed the backbone of the British Empire. This book retells the story of how the international commodity market in Africans operated, how transportation of millions of Africans over thousands of miles developed and how the experience affected slaves both in bondage and then in freedom.
James Walvin is Professor of History at the University of York. He has written extensively on the history of slavery and is the author of Black Ivory: A History of Black Slavery ('Narrative history at its best' The Daily Telegraph, 'Black Ivory takes its place alondside Roy Foster's Modern Ireland and Simon Schama's Citizens as representing the best in recent narrative history' TLS), and A Short History of Slavery (Penguin 2007). He lives in York.