Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database — This site has the most comprehensive quantifiable data on the Transatlantic Slave Trade, with over “35,000 slave voyages that forcibly embarked over 12 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.”
The Slave Societies Digital Archive — This database (formerly Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies) is dedicated to preserving and sharing primary sources about African and African-descended peoples in Luso-Hispanic slave societies. It contains over 500,000 images about 6-8 million people between the 16th and 20th centuries.
The Louisiana Slave Trade Database (1719-1820) — Constructed largely from French colonial courthouse and parish records, this database contains information on 104,000 Africans and African-descended peoples who lived in colonial Louisiana throughout the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. 8,442 of the people are even listed with their ethnicity.
Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-1761: A Cartographic Narrative — This website provides a description, an interactive map, and a curated bibliography of primary sources pertaining to Tacky’s Revolt in Jamaica, the largest slave rebellion in the British Atlantic World during the eighteenth century.
Musical Passage: A Voyage to 1688 Jamaica — This website offers an interpretation and recreation of a rare primary source of African diasporic music from Jamaica in the late seventeenth century. The creators have analyzed and re-enacted African melodies preserved in Hans Sloan’s 1707 work, Voyage to the Islands.
Documenting the American South— This digital publishing initiative contains the most extensive online archive–18 different collections–of primary sources devoted specifically to the study of Southern United States history, with a special emphasis on life during slavery in the pre-Civil War years.
Slavery & Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive — This database in four parts might be the largest online archive of primary sources pertaining to the history of slavery in the Atlantic World, with millions of items about Europe, Africa, and the Americas.
Mapping Occupation — This interactive website offers digital tools–including a spatial history with narrative and an exploratory map–for studying the occupation of northern military forces in the southern United States during the Reconstruction Era (~1865-1880).
The Making of the Modern World — This database contains nearly 12 million pages of primary source materials related to the development of the modern Western world during the early-modern period. The database places a special emphasis on the themes of trade and wealth.
17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers — This database has “the most comprehensive collection of early English newspapers” dating from the 1600s and the 1700s. These newspapers were printed in London, the British Isles, and the British overseas colonies in the Atlantic World.
Locating London’s Past — This website is an interactive GIS mapping tool based off of John Rocque’s 1746 London map. It offers researchers an interactive way to locate historical phenomena in early-modern London using a combination of the map and documents like Old Bailey records.