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Captivity's Collections Science, Natural History, and the British Transatlantic Slave Trade

By: Kathleen S Murphy(Author)
239 pages, 15 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 4 b/w maps, 1 table
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Cashews from Africa's Gold Coast, butterflies from Sierra Leone, jalap root from Veracruz, shells from Jamaica – in the eighteenth century, these specimens from faraway corners of the Atlantic were tucked away onboard inhumane British slaving vessels. Kathleen S. Murphy argues that the era's explosion of new natural knowledge was deeply connected to the circulation of individuals, objects, and ideas through the networks of the British transatlantic slave trade. Plants, seeds, preserved animals and insects, and other specimens were gathered by British slave ship surgeons, mariners, and traders at slaving factories in West Africa, in ports where captive Africans disembarked, and near the British South Sea Company's trading factories in Spanish America. The specimens were displayed in British museums and herbaria, depicted in published natural histories and discussed in the halls of scientific societies.

Grounded in extensive archival research on both sides of the Atlantic, Captivity's Collections mines scientific treatises, slaving companies' records, naturalists' correspondence, and museum catalogues to recover in rich detail the scope of the slave trade's collecting operations. The book reveals the scientific and natural historical profit derived from these activities and the crucial role of specimens gathered along the routes of the slave trade on emerging ideas in natural history.

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Kathleen S. Murphy is professor of history at California Polytechnic State University.

By: Kathleen S Murphy(Author)
239 pages, 15 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 4 b/w maps, 1 table
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"Richly detailed, this book reveals how plants became entangled in the political and economic structures of the British slave trade."
– Londa Schiebinger, author of Secret Cures of Slaves: People, Plants, and Medicine in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

"Innovative, unflinching, and deeply important – this is a tour de force of historical scholarship and a must-read for anyone interested in the interplay between science, slavery, and colonialism in the eighteenth century."
– Benjamin Breen, author of The Age of Intoxication: Origins of the Global Drug Trade

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