USI – Glossary Of Terms

The Glossary lists key historical and contemporary terms related to the transatlantic slave trade. These words are used across the website and particularly in the Themes and Use of language.

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There are currently 22 Terms in this directory beginning with the letter A.
Literally ‘bringing to an end’; in this context the campaign to end the slave trade and slavery
Person who supported the movement to end the transatlantic slave trade and slavery
Absentee owner
A plantation or estate owner who did not live on and manage the property directly
Affirmative action
A policy to increase representation from people in groups believed to have suffered discrimination
State of having much wealth or property
A citizen from the United States of America who is of African descent
A person from the Caribbean of African descent
An alternative spelling of Africa, reflecting how it is spelt in many African languages; it is also used to indicate an Afro-centric viewpoint
A philosophical and theoretical perspective from an African point of view; it challenges Africa’s philosophical, economical and cultural marginalization by the West
To move with rapid or violent action; to excite
Akan people are members of an ethnic group from areas of Ghana and the Ivory Coast, in West Africa, who share a common culture and language
The two continents of north and south America and the surrounding islands
Used to describe a person, an action, or an idea that is against slavery
A person who learns a craft or trade by working for a specialist or master for an agreed period, usually at low wages
The period during which a person is bound (under contract) as an apprentice
A place where historical documents or public records are kept and preserved
An upper class within society which is usually based on birth and is richer and more powerful than all other members
A usually simple object showing human work and representing culture or a stage of development in culture
Asante people are members of an ethnic group from areas of Ghana, in West Africa, who share a common culture and language
In the history of slavery this term refers to the permission given by the Spanish government to other countries to sell people as slaves to the Spanish colonies, between the years 1543 and 1834. In British history, it usually refers to the contract between Spain and Great Britain created in 1713 that dealt with the supply of enslaved Africans for the Spanish territories in the Americas.
A quality or a thing that can be used to an advantage
A process of making or becoming similar to others; to integrate into the majority