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Emory University (Atlanta, GA 30322-1018)
David Eltis (Project Director: July 2007 to February 2013)
The African Origins Portal: Ethnic Roots of Africans Entering the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, 1819-1845

The creation of a Web-based resource on the names, cultural identification, and migration patterns of Africans in the trans-Atlantic slave trade between 1819 and 1845.

We know much about the homelands and cultures of European migrants to the Americas. This project will set in motion the discovery of the as-yet unknown backgrounds of millions of their coerced African counterparts by creating an interactive, freely available Web-based resource about the migration histories of Africans forcibly carried to the Americas via the transatlantic slave trade. Using as its base detailed data on 67,000 liberated Africans (from Courts of Mixed Commission slave registers between 1819 and 1845 that documented individuals freed from slaving vessels), this African Origins portal will accomplish two related goals: 1) present and contextualize detailed geographic, ethnic, and linguistic data on movements of peoples and cultures from Africa to the Americas, and 2) foster collaboration between scholars and African Diaspora communities in order to enhance our knowledge of this African migration.

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Project fields:
African History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$349,641 (approved)
$349,641 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 9/30/2012