Trans-Atlantic Credit Terms, Slave Prices, and the Geography of Slavery

The Editors of the Journal of Economic History are pleased to present Nicholas Radburn’s article, Keeping “the wheel in motion”: Trans-Atlantic Credit Terms, Slave Prices, and the Geography of Slavery in the British Americas, 1755–1807

This article uses a new dataset of 330 slaving voyages to examine terms of credit issued for British American slave sales between 1755 and 1807. Our dataset shows that credit terms were highly erratic, especially in the last quarter of the century, contributing to both surges and collapses in the slave trade to individual colonies, and in the trade as a whole. Four such instances are examined in detail to show that instability in credit terms played an important and hitherto unacknowledged role in the volume and direction of Britain’s trans-Atlantic slave trade in the second one-half of the eighteenth century

Free access to the article is until Sunday, October 25th: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022050715001084