Alex Borucki
University of California – Irvine, USA

The Slave Trade to the Rio de la Plata 1777-1812 pdf-mini

From a total of twelve and a half million enslaved Africans who crossed the Atlantic between 1500 and 1867, almost six million made this passage between 1750 and 1825 (Behrendt et al.). Sharp imperial competition developed in the Atlantic over the production of staples, shipping, and the acquisition of slave labor. However, as this study will show, instead of rivalry it was actually trading cooperation between the Spanish and the Portuguese in the South Atlantic that led to the introduction of the greatest number of enslaved Africans in the history of the Río de la Plata.