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Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas

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Body Positions of Slaves in Hold of French Slave Ship Aurore, 1784
Many slave ship captains forced their human cargoes to lie spoon-like so as to occupy as little space as possible. So-called tight packing was one way to maximize profits. From Dessins extraits du livre de Jean Boudriot "Traite et navires négriers: Monographie de l'Aurore," 1984 reprint
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Body Positions of Slaves in Hold of French Slave Ship Aurore

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