Heights in enslaved and indentured populations from west-central Africa, 1839-1896

  • Tracy Lopes (Speaker)
  • Paulo Teodoro de Matos (Speaker)
  • Mourits, R. (Speaker)
  • Jelmer Vos (Speaker)

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We use data on height as registered for Liberated Africans from Novo Redondo in 1839 and Quicombo in 1844 made available by SlaveVoyages, as well as the serviçais departing from Novo Redondo to Sao Tome and Principe in 1876-1892. The age distribution of the SlaveVoyages data is in line with the distribution found by Eltis (1982). Individuals were centred around ages 8 and 25, or between 2 to 13 and 20 to 30 to be more exact. However, we find no evidence that there was age-heaping for enslaved people in their mid-teens. Instead, people in their late-teens were underreported and there is no age-heaping around age 15 or 20, suggesting that these people were not present, or at least not registered.
Period01 Sept 2023
Degree of RecognitionInternational