05.12.2003 -

National Archives of Colombia and Cuba Publish Slave Trade Records Online

Thousands of documents related to the history of the slave trade in Latin America held by the National Archives of Colombia and Cuba are now online available on the websites of these two institutions. UNESCO supported their digitization and publication within the framework of its Slave Trade Archives project.

The project, initiated by UNESCO, is concerned with the access to and preservation of original archive materials relating to the slave trade. Funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), it is being implemented within the framework of UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme, in collaboration with the International Scientific Committee for UNESCO's Slave Route Project and with the International Council on Archives (ICA).


The Slave Route Project aims at studying and making know the causes and modalities of the slave trade, "the greatest tragedy in the history of mankind in terms of scale and duration" (Jean-Michel Deveau) stressing the interactions that it generated in the Americas, the West Indies and the Indian

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