The numbers game and the profitability of the British trade in slaves.


Journal Article

More than a century after its termination the slave trade in Africa remains a controversial topic. In particular, disputes continue to wax strong over the profitability of the Atlantic slave trade, on three major dimensions: the degree of competition characteristic of the market in slaves; the typical magnitude of the rate of profit achieved by enterprises engaged in the industry; the status of Eric Williams's hypothesis on the contribution of the slave trade to European industrialization.-from Author

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Darity Jr, WA

Published Date

  • 1985

Published In

  • Journal of Economic History

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 693 - 703