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The Louisiana Slave Database 1718-1820


SOWK 300 Computer Applications in the Social Sciences Fall 2011 Danielle Mitchell Section 02 TTH
Figure 2 Analysis
Description: The data in Figure 2 is taken from The Louisiana Slave Database. The origin of a person would be considered as ones place of birth. Listed above are only five specific locations and there is also a category of other and identified. One would assume that the categories listed as other and unidentified should have been grouped together instead of two different groups. However, the place of origin would probably be subjective data unless the information was given from the individual themselves. Interpretation: In the Figure 2 there are 60,000 slaves that were considered unidentified. Therefore, an assumption can be made that there were several other locations that could have been listed. Considering that majority of slaves were said to have been taken from Africa, there only about 25,000 accounted for in this particular database. As for Creole, there were 10,000 individuals accounted for. In addition, for the categories of Caribbean and there is an estimated one to two thousand individuals listed.

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Introduction
The Louisiana Slave database is a secondary data filed used to analyze and classify slaves. The information in this database pertains to 100,000 slaves that were captured. The information in the database was taken directly from the original documents during the slave trades that took place during the early 1700s throughout the early 1800s. The individuals accounted for in this particular documents reference actual slaves during the time period given.

Conclusions
Unfortunately for the slaves listed in The Louisiana Slave Database, there were many lives lost. These individuals were taken out of the place of origin for the sake of those that found them to be inferior. Just like anyone else, slaves had the capacity to learn and live for themselves. Slaves were merely underestimated of the things that they were capable to achieve and taken out of there environment because so. Also captors didnt want those that were taken hostage to surpass them in whatever endeavors they decided to pursue.

Figure 1 Analysis
Description: The Figure 1 shows the gender of the slaves mentioned in The Louisiana Slave Database. The slaves were put into three different categories which are missing, male, and female. According to the information above some slaves could not be accounted for, apparently how many there were missing is all that could be recorded. However, the assumption that some slaves may have indeed escaped can be made. Another assumption is that the male slaves outnumbered the female slaves. Interpretation: Out of an estimated 100,000 slaves, majority were male. The bar graph above shows that there were about 50,000 slaves that were male and about 40,000 that were female. Those that were either killed or those that ran away, could probably be accounted for in the 10,000 missing slaves. Although there are only two different gender classes, one would wonder if any hermaphrodites were present and if they were what gender were they considered as? One could only wonder since this is secondary data.

Figure_1 Sex of the Slaves

Figure_2 Origin of the Slaves

Figure_3 Race of the Slaves

Figure 3 Analysis
Description: This particular graph is based on race and some ethnicities given one cannot be exactly sure what ethnicity is being represented. Many of the ethnicities that appear to be in Spanish are a combination of two different ethnicities. Grif for example is a combination of Black and Indian. Mulatto is a combination of Black and White. The definition of Quadroon: an offensive term given to a person with three White grandparents and one Black (Encarta Dictionary). Many questions could be raised by the data in the above graph. Interpretation: The Figure 3 shows the categories in which slaves were put in by the slave captors. The terms that are listed, but that are not really considered an ethnicity are offensive to those that have the combination of ethnicities that they refer to and with good reason. Not many people are receptive of the names given to them by slave owners or captors. Although in Figure 3, an estimated 90,000 were considered black. Whereas, in the graph that includes the origins of slaves only about 25,000 were considered African.

References
The Louisiana Slave Database 1719-1820