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This edition of Papers of the American Slave Trade consists of slave manifests for the port of Savannah, Georgia. Congress passed legislation in March 1807 that prohibited the importation of slaves into the United States after 1808, and section 9 required that all vessels of 40 tons or more carrying slaves between ports within the United States file two manifests (one for the port of origin and one for the destination). All of the manifests in this collection dated from 1808 include a pledge that the slave had not been imported after 1807. Each manifest lists the name of the ship, the master of the ship, the names of the slaves being transported, and the name and residence of either the slave owner or the shipper. The manifests are arranged into two series. The first series, on reels 1 through 9, are inward manifests for ships arriving in Savannah. These manifests date from 1790 through 1859, but there are no inward manifests for the years 1823, 1835, and 1836. All of the ships listed in these manifests came from ports along the east coast of the United States or the Gulf of Mexico. Among the ports listed in the manifests are Baltimore, Md.; Charleston, S.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Mobile, Ala.; New Orleans, La.; New York City; Providence, R.I.; and St. Augustine, Fla. The inward manifests also include one folder for ships arriving in Savannah from Africa. One manifest in this folder is for a ship from Trinidad. These manifests date from 1789 through 1798. The second series, on reels 11 through 20, are the outward manifests for ships that began in Savannah and traveled to other parts of the United States. Again, most of the destinations were on the east coast, with some ships also heading to ports in the Gulf of Mexico. The outward manifests cover the period from 1808 to 1859, but there are no outward manifests for the year 1837.
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