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 4 Terms in this directory beginning with the letter W.
A state of doing well, especially in regards to happiness, as well being or success
West Indies
Islands of the Caribbean (so called as Columbus thought he had reached India)
Whitney's cotton gin
Eli Whitney’s invention in 1793 of an engine that separated the seeds from the cotton plant, and greatly increased cotton cultivation and the demand for enslaved people (especially female) in the US
Women's Suffrage
The right of women to vote in Parliamentary elections; finally extended to all women in Britain in 1928 after a long and bitter campaign