Hosted by Spirits Alive

Saturday, January 29 at 1:30 pm ET

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Historian Seth Goldstein will discuss Portland’s complex relationship with Atlantic world African enslavement. Through a deep dive into what was known as “The West Indies Trade,” Seth will explain how various commodities like lumber and salt cod from Maine were shipped to slave plantations in the Caribbean. He’ll discuss how, in return, Maine consumed large quantities of sugar, molasses, rum, and exotic fruits produced by enslaved Africans as well as how Portland—Maine’s largest port and fish export center—was the nexus of this exchange.

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