The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database is a free, online, searchable database for Africans who were taken from Africa as part of the African slave trade.

Searches can be made by:

  • African name
  • Ship name
  • Voyage ID
  • Time frame
  • Age range
  • Height range
  • Gender and age options
  • Place of Origin (many choices)
  • Place of Embarkation
  • Place of Disembarkation

“This database identifies 91,491 Africans taken from captured slave ships or from African trading sites. It displays the African name, age, gender, origin, country, and places of embarkation and disembarkation of each individual.”

“The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 36,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The actual number is estimated to have been as high as 12.5 million. The database and the separate estimates interface offer researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.”


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