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Published on Jul 25, 2012
Millions of Africans were forcibly carried across the Atlantic over the four centuries of the slave trade. Yet little is known about who they were. In the records that tracked these voyages, most remain nameless.
The African Origins Project seeks to recover the identities of Africans sold into the trans-Atlantic slave trade during the 19th century. From registers of Africans liberated from slaving vessels in the early nineteenth century, we have rare descriptions of these individuals, including their names. Our goal is to piece together the history of Africans pulled into the trans-Atlantic slave trade, one name at a time.
And we'd like your help. If you're familiar with African languages, cultural naming practices, and geography, you may be able to help us discover the linguistic, ethnic, and geographic origins of the Africans in these registers -- and through them, the likely origins of unnamed others.
To get involved, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and visit the site: african-origins.org