January Series Calvin College

Robert Harms

"The Voyage of the Diligent"

Robert HarmsThe 15-month voyage of the slave ship The Diligent from France to West Africa and then to the Caribbean is described in a journal kept by the ship's 26-year-old First Lieutenant. In studying this journal and related materials, Robert Harms, Professor of History at Yale University, deals not only with the Americas as recipient of slaves but also with Africa as the supplier. He further explains justification among Europeans in the buying and selling of people because of the indispensable need for their services in the cultivation of sugar, tobacco, indigo and other crops. Using slides of maps, drawings and documents, Dr. Harms explores the ideas, practices and personalities that animated the slave trade and shaped the emerging Atlantic world in the 18th century.


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