Number of slaves taken from Africa by region and century 1501-1866

Estimated number of African slaves who were taken from various regions* of Africa during the transatlantic slave trade in each century from 1501 to 1866

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1501 to 1866

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*Generally speaking, the regions used in the source appear to refer to ports that are or were located in the following modern countries in mainland Africa (although there is likely a lot of overlapping data between certain regions, as their borders and names became redefined throughout history);

West Central Africa: Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Republic of the Congo
Bight of Benin: Benin, Nigeria, Togo
Bight of Biafra: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria
Gold Coast: Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana
Senegambia: The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal
Southeast Africa: Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania
Sierra Leone: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia
Windward Coast: Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire

No release date given in the source. Data last accessed in August 2020.

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