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A German Barber-Surgeon in the Atlantic Slave Trade

The Seventeenth-Century Journal of Johann Peter Oettinger

Johann Peter Oettinger (author) Craig Koslofsky (trans)
Roberto Zaugg (trans)

ISBN: 9780813944456

Publication Date: Feb 2021

Format: Hardback

As he traveled across Germany and the Netherlands and sailed on Dutch and Brandenburg slave ships to the Caribbean and Africa from 1682 to 1696, the young German barber-surgeon Johann Peter Oettinger (1666-1746) recorded his experiences in a detailed journal, translated here for the first time.
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As he traveled across Germany and the Netherlands and sailed on Dutch and Brandenburg slave ships to the Caribbean and Africa from 1682 to 1696, the young German barber-surgeon Johann Peter Oettinger (1666-1746) recorded his experiences in a detailed journal, discovered by Roberto Zaugg and Craig Koslofsky in a Berlin archive. Oettinger's journal describes shipboard life, trade in Africa, the horrors of the Middle Passage, and the sale of enslaved captives in the Caribbean.

Translated here for the first time, A German Barber-Surgeon in the Atlantic Slave Trade documents Oettinger's journeys across the Atlantic, his work as a surgeon, his role in the purchase and branding of enslaved Africans, and his experiences in France and the Netherlands. His descriptions of Amsterdam, Curaçao, St. Thomas, and Suriname, as well as his account of societies along the coast of West Africa, from Mauritania to Gabon, contain rare insights into all aspects of Europeans' burgeoning trade in African captives in the late seventeenth century. This journeyman's eyewitness account of all three routes of the triangle trade will be invaluable to scholars of the early modern world on both sides of the Atlantic.

Illustrations 11 black & white illustrations, 9 maps
Pages 222
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 28 Feb 2021
Publisher University of Virginia Press
Series Studies in Early Modern German History
Subject/s European history   Slavery & abolition of slavery   Biography & True Stories   Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700  
Craig M. Koslofsky, Professor of History and Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is author of Evening's Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe.

Robert Zaugg, professor of Early Modern Hostory at the University of Zurich, is author of Union in Separation: Groups and Identities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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