The programme of research is collaborative in nature, involving a network of scholars and institutions. The project explores the historical impact of Africa on world history as reflected in the development of the African diaspora and the extent to which enslaved Africans and their descendants in the Americas and elsewhere contributed to the making of an "Atlantic world". The areas of research concentration include: Archival Inventory and Preservation of Primary Sources, Biographical Database of Enslaved Africans, Historical Atlas of Slavery, Ports of the Nigerian Hinterland, The Muslim Diaspora in the Era of the Slave Route, Ethnic Identities in Atlantic Africa and the Diaspora, and Linkages between the Diaspora and Africa.
This project is financed by a five-year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada under its Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) programme.
History, York University, Toronto, Canada
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