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Atlantic historical migrations, 1500–1965

Migration A–Z


  1. Drew Keeling

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm050

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Keeling, D. 2013. Atlantic historical migrations, 1500–1965. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


Over three-quarters of the present-day population of the Western Hemisphere are descended from people who crossed the Atlantic to settle there during the last five centuries. World historian Patrick Manning draws the larger global exent of the enslavement of Africans and forced migration to the New World following initial capture and transportation. He emphasizes the importance of tobacco and sugar production in the slave trade within the Americas from 1700 to 1850. This broad, diverse, and long-lived human relocation helped to reshape the global economy, and studies of it have furthered the theoretical and practical understanding of modern mass migration generally.


  • empire;
  • slavery;
  • Atlantic world;
  • racism;
  • economics;
  • imperialism;
  • violence;
  • labor supply