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By Maria Diedrich, Henry Louis Gates, Carl Pedersen

This quantity of essays examines the compelled dispossession because of the center Passage. The e-book analyzes the texts, non secular rites, fiscal exchanges, dance, and song it elicited, either at the transatlantic trip and at the American continent. The totality of this assortment establishes a vast topographical and temporal context for the Passage that extends from the internal of Africa around the Atlantic and to the inner of the Americas, and from the start of the Passage to the current day. A collective narrative of itinerant cultural recognition as represented in histories, myths, and humanities, those contributions conceptualize the which means of the center Passage for African American and American heritage, literature, and lifestyles.

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South America accounted for just under half of African arrivals, with Brazil alone taking just under 40 percent of the slaves in the sample. The Caribbean absorbed a larger proportion—just over 50 percent of all slaves arriving in the Americas. The North American mainland, assuming that half the small number going to the Spanish mainland went to Central America and half to South America, took less than 3 percent of African arrivals (we expect to add additional data for this area when the data set is complete).

They had always known where they came from and where they were heading within the circle that defined human existence. They had always known that they belonged. They had always known that to be human was to be black. Gustavus Vassa—a name representing the Atlantic diaspora that threatened to wipe out the self, an unnaming and chaining down that signified the end of participation in history. For how do you spell "I am" when you are deprived of home, of place, of your sense of direction? How do you spell "I am" when the seamless web denning the self is torn?

Keeping the slaves in good shape was a major concern in the general economy of the trade at a time when losses in human lives through disease, epidemics, or suicide were high and caused much alarm. Captains had to commit themselves to carry the captives safe, whole, and fit for sale. When in the 17808 the slave trade came under attack and closer scrutiny, captains were requested to answer inquiries concerning the load, space, and provisions allotted on their ships, and laws were passed in 1788 to enforce stricter regulations, stipulating the load of each cargo.

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