Dr Nicholas Radburn

Lecturer in the History of the Atlantic World 1500 - 1800


I am a historian of the Atlantic World, with a particular focus on the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. My current book project examines slave-trading merchants in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, and shows how their profit-motivated decisions shaped the experiences of the enslaved people who they bought and sold. I am a co-manager of the National Endowment for the Humanities funded project Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, a digital memorial to the 12.5 Africans who were forcibly transported through the slave trade. I am also developing a digital model of a slave ship, and a database of British slave trading merchants, including several thousand individuals in north-west England.

Keeping 'the wheel in motion': Trans-Atlantic Credit Terms, Slave Prices, and the Geography of Slavery in the British Americas, 1755–1807
Radburn, N. 30/09/2015 In: Journal of Economic History. 75, 3, p. 660-689. 30 p.
Journal article

Guinea Factors, Slave Sales, and the Profits of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Late Eighteenth-Century Jamaica: The Case of John Tailyour
Radburn, N. 1/04/2015 In: William & Mary Quarterly. 72, 2, p. 243-286. 44 p.
Journal article