Atlantic Slaveries: Native American and African Slavery in New England and the Caribbean

Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ 12pm

Linford D. Fisher, Associate Professor of History, Brown University
Atlantic Slaveries: Native American and African Slavery in New England and the Caribbean

Although African slavery has received the majority of scholarly attention in the early modern Atlantic, recently scholars have turned toward recovering the history of the enslavement of Native Americans. All across the Americas, in every colonial context, Native Americans were captured, enslaved, and sent to other regions to work in houses, on farms, and on plantations. But the histories of Native and African slaveries were not separate; often they were intertwined and intermingled.

This presentation by Professor Fisher considered how Native American and African slaveries intersected in the English Atlantic world in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, using New England, Barbados, Jamaica, and Bermuda as the primary comparative lens of analysis.

Listen to a podcast with Linford Fisher

 “Colonists Shipped Native Americans Abroad As Slaves”  an interview with Linford Fisher


For more:

Beckles, Hilary. Caribbean Slavery in the Atlantic World. Ian Randle Publishers, 1998.

Gallay, Alan. The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002.

Newell, Margaret Ellen. Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015.

Newman, Simon P. A New World of Labor: The Development of Plantation Slavery in the British Atlantic. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.

Reséndez, Andrés. The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.

Warren, Wendy. New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America. Liveright Publishing Company, 2016.