Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Slavery at SeaTerror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Sowande' M. Mustakeem

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040559

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040559.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Illinois University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ISO for personal use.date: 17 September 2021

Blood Memories

Blood Memories

(p.76) 4 Blood Memories
Slavery at Sea

Sowande' M. Mustakeem

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the violent legacies that emerged in the Middle Passage by documenting open battles and the counter-resistive measures that sailors used against bondpeople. Focusing on the violent interiority of slavery at sea, it reveals the psychological torment, spillage of blood, and multitude of deaths that occurred as sailors forcibly transported bondpeople out of coastal West Africa into distant corners of the Atlantic. It shows that drastically hostile ship behaviors manifested not only through physical combat but also through poisoning, sexual terror, abortion, and the murders of enslaved infants. Due to the constant threat of warfare and bloodshed internal within slave ships, the Middle Passage resembled something like a war zone with “mobile battlefields.” Bondpeople regularly resorted to violence as a means to obtain their freedom.

Keywords:   sailors, bondpeople, maritime slavery, poisoning, sexual terror, warfare, bloodshed, slave ships, Middle Passage, violence

Illinois Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.