" Dorsey's book has the rare merit of attempting to integrate all phases of the movement of people from Africa to the Americas, albeit for a forty-five year period for one Caribbean island."--American Historical Review
--American Historical Review
"Sheds new light on the subject by piecing together fragmented and contradictory data scattered in Portuguese, English, French, and Dutch colonial archives."
"An important contribution both to Caribbean and African studies, as well as to the scholarship on slavery."
"The book offers a convincing picture of clandestine slave commerce in the Age of Abolition."
"An important lesson to learn from this well-researched and well-written book is that the interpretation of the slave trade has to be carried out in an international framework is order to make sense."
--International Journal of Maritime History
"Convincingly argues that the British focus upon West Africa and Cuba, combined with the long absence of any diplomatic presence on the smaller island, allowed Puerto Ricans and foreign merchants to develop a trade network with the non-Hispanic Caribbean and West Africa."
"Dorsey's excellent and detailed study of Puerto Rico deftly illustrates the international dimensions of the Caribbean slave trade during the nineteenth century. The major historiographical contribution of the book is its analysis of the reexport trade to Puerto Rico from the Lesser Antilles."
--The International History Review
"Based on Spanish, British, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Portuguese, United States, and Dutch Caribbean archives, this book revises the accepted historiography of Puerto Rico's engagement with the Atlantic world of commerce and slavery. It is a welcome addition to the historical literature on the non-Anglophone Caribbean during the abolitionist era."
--JILAS - Journal of Iberian and Latin Amer. Studies
"Very well researched and argued."
"Required reading for those interested in slavery in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean."
--Slavery and Abolition
"A work of sophisticated and careful scholarship. Shedding light on an important aspect of Puerto Rican and Caribbean history, Dorsey has also made a dynamic contribution to our knowledge of the rise and fall of African slavery in the Atlantic world."
--New West Indian Guide