• The living slave population in any given area at any given time can't even be counted let alone those that died. Until 1860 slaves weren't included in the census. For the most part counties only recorded real property (land) transactions . Slaves were generally classed as chattel which is horses, cows, mules, wagons and their rigging, furniture, plows etc. It is interesting to note that at one point even wives were counted as chattel. This is a map based on the 1860 census. Because the Federal government was behind the creation and publication of the map its credibility should be questioned. You must take in to account who was behind the creation of the map and the year it was created and published (1861). Please bear in mind that slavery didn't just exist in the United States.

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