A few sources for Danielle’s project on the Atlantic slave trade in the early modern period, which may be of interest to the rest of you.
Herbert Klein, The Atlantic Slave Trade (Cambridge, 1999)
Equiano, The Interesting Narrative (any number of editions of the well-known & influential abolitionist autobiography)
Vincent Carretta, Equiano, the African (Penguin, 2005) (a controversial & well-regarded biography that provides evidence that Equiano may have been born in North Carolina)
Nick Hazelwood, The Queen’s Slave Trader (2004) a good popular bio of John Hawkins
I’ll also see if I can find a copy of vol 10 of Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations, which has Hawkins’s most substantial voyage to Africa in it. If I can’t find it, the NY Public Library is your best best.
I’ll also bring in an interesting short article in the journal Sea History that discusses the American anti-slavery squadron in the early 19c, & their use of African small boat handlers to negotiate the dangerous surf along the West African coast. Interactions between Europeans & Africans were quite complex during the slave trade, with lots of individuals and groups on both sides of the various transactions.