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Maria Fusaro and Amélia Polónia

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780986497339

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780986497339.001.0001

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From Hold to Foredeck: Slave Professions in the Maritime World of the East India Company, c. 1660-1720

From Hold to Foredeck: Slave Professions in the Maritime World of the East India Company, c. 1660-1720

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(p.95) From Hold to Foredeck: Slave Professions in the Maritime World of the East India Company, c. 1660-1720
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Maritime History as Global History
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Anna Winterbottom

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780986497339.003.0005

This chapter analyses slave professions in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the Indian Ocean. It explores the activities of the English East India Company in the Indian Ocean and the utilisation of slave labour within the company itself. It tackles the use of slaves in maritime industry; the obfuscation of slavery with titles that resembled employment; the movement and forced migration of slaves; the routes into slavery; methods of slave-stealing; and the slave professions - sailors, soldiers, interpreters, doctors, builders, gardeners, domestic slaves, and concubines. It concludes that slaves were a source of revenue for the company, and were forcibly relocated both to quell resistance and to further distribute and exploit their skillsets.

Keywords:   Slave Trade, Forced Migration, Indian Ocean, People-Trafficking, English East India Company, Dutch East India Company, Slave Labour

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