The Atlantic slave trade affected over 13 million men, women and children, who were captured, sold and transported from Africa to the American colonies to become slaves between the early sixteenth and the late nineteenth century. France played an important part in this trade, organizing almost 14% of all global slave trading expeditions. The port of Nantes was France’s largest slave trading port. The Nantes History Museum sheds light on this dark part of the city’s history, situating it within the context of global trafficking and the abolitionist struggles in Europe and internationally.
Krystel Gualdé is the research director of the Nantes History Museum.