Following the HENRIETTA MARIE'S first slaving voyage from London to West Africa to the plantation islands of the Caribbean, SPIRITS OF THE PASSAGE examines the social, economic, and cultural context that allowed the brutal trade to grow and thrive as the largest business of its time. Vividly transforming historical data into distinctive text, author Madeleine Burnside, executive director of the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society, offers tales of courage and survival, of people and places, of torment and triumph. The result is a compelling, richly illustrated account of events whose impact continues to resonate today. Available in Hard Cover. Signed by author. 192 pages. Illustrated. Edited by Rosemarie Robotham. Foreward by Cornel West. Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society.