An accurate map of Africa from the studio of Jacob van Meurs
This version, with the dedication cartouche blank, is probably from John Ogilby's 1670 Description and complete History of Africa, translated from Montanus' Dutch original.
On the eve of the transatlantic slave trade, France had a large and growing population: between the early 17th and mid-18th century it increased from 24 million to 26 million. Read more...
The Dutch were to become key figures in the story of the slave trade and slavery. Even before the establishment of the Dutch Republic in 1581. Read more...
The establishment of African slavery in the Americas and the flow of enslaved Africans across the Atlantic were factors in changing the nature and balance of power in Europe. Read more...
Portugal, which pioneered the opening of the wider world to European trade and conquest, seems an unlikely country to have exercised such remarkable influence. Read more..