'I Never Have Such a Sickly Ship Before': Diet, Disease, and Mortality in 18th-Century Atlantic Slaving Voyages

Title'I Never Have Such a Sickly Ship Before': Diet, Disease, and Mortality in 18th-Century Atlantic Slaving Voyages
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsMustakeem, Sowande’ M.
JournalThe Journal of African American History
Volume93
Issue4
Pagination474-497
Date Published09/2008
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The article traces the diet, diseases and mortality of ships in the transatlantic slave trade in the 18th century. Discussion is given examining the living conditions of slaves being transported during the voyage, including mention of the close-quarters spacing conditions of the voyage which increased the spread of contagious disease and the food supply and dietary provisions for the captives and their effect on nutrition. Further discussion is given outlining common instances of specific illnesses, including scurvy, dysentery and venereal diseases. [EBSCO]

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