Many Jamaicans are seeking empirical data from the period of the trade in Africans to justify the case for reparation. This book should provide them with much of what they need to understand this crime against humanity. --Verene A. Shepherd, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica This book makes a very significant contribution to the literature on the Atlantic Slave Trade and on its impact in Jamaica. It is a highly original study and addresses the important issue of the demography of the enslaved as well as emphasizing their humanity. --Gad Heuman, University of Warwick Rich with historical sketches of the life and experiences of slaves in Africa, on slave ships, and in Jamaica, this volume illustrates the way enslaved Africans lived and helped to shape Jamaican society in the three decades before British abolition of the slave trade. Audra Diptee's in-depth investigations reveal unexpected insights into the demographics of those captured in Africa and legally transported on British slave ships. For example, there is a commonly held belief that slave traders had a preference for adult males. In fact, the practicalities of slave raiding meant that women, children, and large groups of the elderly were particularly vulnerable during raids and were more often captured and made available for sale in the Caribbean. From Africa to Jamaica offers a new look at the Atlantic slave trade in its final years, fleshing out the historical portrait of the African men, women, and children who were sold in Jamaica and were thus among the last of the enslaved to put their stamp on Jamaican society. There is comparable study that takes such a comprehensive approach, looking at both the African and Jamaican sides of the trade system. Audra A. Diptee, assistant professor of history at Carleton University, is the coeditor of Children in Colonial Africa and Beyond Fragmentation: Perspectives in Caribbean History.
Audra A. Diptee, associate professor of history at Carleton University, is the coeditor of Remembering Africa and Its Diasporas, Children in Colonial Africa, and Beyond Fragmentation: Perspectives in Caribbean History.