The upper and interior parts of Ethiopia commonly known as Abyssinia or the empire of Prester John
A copy of Blaeu's much copied 1642 map of the same name but with different cartouches. Jonathan Swift commented: 'So geographers in Afric maps/With savage pictures fill their gaps/And o'er uninhabitable downs/Place elephants for want of towns'.
On the eve of the transatlantic slave trade, France had a large and growing population: between the early 17th and mid-18th century it increased from 24 million to 26 million. Read more...
The Dutch were to become key figures in the story of the slave trade and slavery. Even before the establishment of the Dutch Republic in 1581. Read more...
The establishment of African slavery in the Americas and the flow of enslaved Africans across the Atlantic were factors in changing the nature and balance of power in Europe. Read more...
Portugal, which pioneered the opening of the wider world to European trade and conquest, seems an unlikely country to have exercised such remarkable influence. Read more..