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Old 02-25-2015, 06:54 PM
 
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How big of a role did Italians play in the Atlantic Slave Trade?
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:51 PM
 
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Virtually none. There was no country of Italy until around 1859-1866 when Italy gradually became unified. The Atlantic slave trade was long over by then. Before then Italy was a bunch of what could be called city states, often in conflict with each other. None of those city states had the navies or ships necessary to conduct a cross Atlantic slave trade. Mostly what ships they had just sailed around the Adriatic and western Mediterranean. Columbus sailed for and was sponsored by Spain, not any Italian entity. All of the other well known Italian named explorers of that time were hired by and sailed for various European powers. It's possible that there were some minor numbers of slaves brought into the southern city states of Italy from North Africa or by the Portuguese, but these were few in numbers. None of the Italian city states collected slaves in Africa under any Italian flag and then transported them across the Atlantic for sale. Although we could also see the possibility that a powerful Italian family like the De Medici could have indirectly supplied some venture capital to Spain or Portugal for trading.
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:03 AM
 
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Virtually none. There was no country of Italy until around 1859-1866 when Italy gradually became unified. The Atlantic slave trade was long over by then. Before then Italy was a bunch of what could be called city states, often in conflict with each other. None of those city states had the navies or ships necessary to conduct a cross Atlantic slave trade. Mostly what ships they had just sailed around the Adriatic and western Mediterranean. Columbus sailed for and was sponsored by Spain, not any Italian entity. All of the other well known Italian named explorers of that time were hired by and sailed for various European powers. It's possible that there were some minor numbers of slaves brought into the southern city states of Italy from North Africa or by the Portuguese, but these were few in numbers. None of the Italian city states collected slaves in Africa under any Italian flag and then transported them across the Atlantic for sale. Although we could also see the possibility that a powerful Italian family like the De Medici could have indirectly supplied some venture capital to Spain or Portugal for trading.
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Old 02-26-2015, 03:03 PM
 
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This has to be the first time I have seen the words "Italians" and "Atlantic Slave Trade" in the same sentence.
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Old 03-11-2022, 09:23 PM
 
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Funniest bs I've read in a long time. Please don't tell anyone this when asked.
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Old 03-11-2022, 09:57 PM
 
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The Venetians, and Genoese shipped Slavs captured by Tatars to the Ottoman Empire and rest of Middle East.

The Romans were big slavers.
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Old 03-12-2022, 07:57 AM
 
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The Venetians, and Genoese shipped Slavs captured by Tatars to the Ottoman Empire and rest of Middle East.

The Romans were big slavers.
None of these were Italians as a nationality other than originating from the Italian peninsula before there was an Italy and none of it involves the Atlantic slave trade.
Romans from 2000 years ago didn't care what color your skin was or where you originated as far as slavery. Of course they never were involved with the Atlantic slave trade.

Your answer has nothing to do with the question OP asked.

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Old 05-13-2022, 02:23 PM
 
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I believe there is a brief mention of the Knights of Malta having control of an island in the West Indies which was taken over by the French.


You would have to search through the various editions of the Modern Part of an Universal History.
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Old 06-27-2022, 02:51 PM
 
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Not atlantic plantation trade, but slavers nonetheless.

1969 Reprint of Opporunity: Journal of Negro Life; Volume #4; 1926: p. 272.
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