Portuguese American Journal

Book: ‘European Slave Trading in the Indian
Ocean, 1500–1850′ – Editor’s Note

Between 1500 and 1850, European traders shipped hundreds of thousands of African, Indian, Malagasy, and Southeast Asian slaves to ports throughout the Indian Ocean world. The activities of the British, Dutch, French, and Portuguese traders who operated in the Indian Ocean demonstrate that European slave trading was not confined largely to the Atlantic but must now be viewed as a truly global phenomenon. European slave trading and abolitionism in the Indian Ocean also led to the development of an increasingly integrated movement of slave, convict, and indentured labor during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the consequences of which resonated well into the twentieth century.

Richard B. Allen’s magisterial work dramatically expands our understanding of the movement of free and forced labor around the world. Drawing upon extensive archival research and a thorough command of published scholarship, Allen challenges the modern tendency to view the Indian and Atlantic oceans as self-contained units of historical analysis and the attendant failure to understand the ways in which the Indian Ocean and Atlantic worlds have interacted with one another. In so doing, he offers tantalizing new insights into the origins and dynamics of global labor migration in the modern world.

About the Author
Richard B. Allen holds a PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Allen is slaves1an internationally-known scholar who works on the social and economic history of Mauritius, slavery and indentured labor in the colonial plantation world from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, and slave trading and abolitionism in the Indian Ocean. He is the recipient of two Fulbright research awards and research fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His publications include two monographs — Slaves, Freedmen and Indentured Laborers in Colonial Mauritius (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and European Slave Trading in the Indian Ocean, 1500-1850 (Ohio University Press, 2014) — and numerous articles in prominent scholarly journals.

Book Details

  • Title: European Slave Trading in the Indian
    Ocean, 1500-1850
  • Author: Richard B. Allen
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Date of Publication: January 2, 2015
  • Digital Edition: January 2, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 372 pp.
  • File Size: 1985 KB

Source: Ohio University Press