Resources on the TransAtlantic Slave Trade in Port Arthur, Texas.

Documented Arrival Sites – Port Arthur, Texas

Trans-Atlantic Voyages of Captive Africans to the Sabine Lake and River Region (Port Arthur) | Open Tour


The content of these documents provides details of the Middle Passage, specific vessels transporting captive Africans, the arrival of these people, and the ubiquity of slavery. The following resources include racist language as well as references to violence, dehumanization, and the enslavement of Africans. The language contained in the following documents may be upsetting to some readers.

Newspaper Articles and Colonial Documents



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Further Reading

Sabine Lake: Focal Point of the Illegal African Slave Trade

Pirate Lafitte, Bowie Dealt in Slave Trade via Southeast Texas

Early Life in the Southwest- The Bowies

British Correspondence Concerning the Republic of Texas, 1838-1846