Diligent by Robert W. Harms
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The Diligent

A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade

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Diligent by Robert W. Harms

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The Diligent began her journey in Brittany in 1731, and Harms follows her along the African coast where her goods were traded for slaves, to Martinique where her captives were sold to work on sugar plantations. Harms brings to life a world in which slavery was a commerce carried out without qualms. He shows the gruesome details of daily life aboard a slave ship, as well as French merchants wrangling with their government for the right to traffic in slaves, African kings waging epic wars for control of European slave trading posts, and representatives of European governments negotiating the complicated politics of the Guinea coast to ensure a stead supply of labor for their countries' colonies. The Diligent is filled with rich stories that explain how the slave trade worked on all levels, from geopolitics to the rigging of ships.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465028726
ISBN-10: 0465028721
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 30mm)
Pages: 496
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robert W. Harms

Robert Harms is Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of two books about Africa, River of Wealth, River of Sorrow and Games Against Nature. He lives in Guilford, Connecticut.

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