The Atlantic Slave Trade

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The Atlantic Slave Trade

Post  NellieBennett on Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:14 pm

The journey from Africa to the Americas became known as the Middle Passage, which was the forced voyage of enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas and the middle portion of the triangular trade route. Many enslaved Africans died on the journey, those who survived often died from diseases to which they had little or no immunity. The slave trade was a tragedy for the victims and their families. Its broader effects varied from region to region. The slave trade depopulated some areas and deprived many African communities of their youngest and strongest men and women. Before Europeans arrived in the fifteenth century, most enslaved persons in Africa were prisoners of war. Europeans first bought enslaved people from African merchants at slave markets in return for gold, guns, or other European goods.

In 1518 a Spanish ship carried the first enslaved Africans directly from Africa to the Americas. During the next two centuries, the trade in enslaved people grew dramatically. It became part of the triangular trade that connected Europe, Africa, and the American continents. Which encouraged the triangular trade; European merchant ships carried European manufactured goods, such as guns and cloth, to Africa where they were traded for enslaved people. The enslaved Africans were then sent to the Americas and sold. European merchants then ought tobacco, molasses, sugar, and raw cotton in the Americas and shipped them back to Europe.



As many as ten million enslaved Africans were brought to the Americas between the early sixteenth century and the late nineteenth century. Each slave was packed tight inside the huge ships laying down with their arms crossed laying very close to everybody else. The slaves would then have to sit like that for as little as a month but it could also have been two months depending on the storms in the ocean. For food they would have grain and water mixed together three times a day. Below is an example of how the slaves would lay.


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Post  AnaMartinez on Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:22 pm

Nice post Nellie! Smile
Here are some facts I found about the Atlantic Slave Trade and slavery in general:

- There was a total of 11,000,000 slaves transported by each european country.
- There was a total of 11,328,000 slaves delivered.
- During this time, slavery was a normal part of their lives.
- Slavery began in 1440 when Portugal started to trade slaves with West Africa.
- The European nation captured innocent Africans for their own purposes.
- Africans began to adapt themselves to slave trade and began selling themselves to the Europeans. (It became a normal routine.)
- Slavery is an ancient practice.
- Slavery is those days, was actually a punishment for debt, and if the debt was repaid, the slave might of been released.
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Post  Brock M. Hay on Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:55 pm


Nice informing post, and it would also be good for us to know these kind of things along with what Falconbridge saw on his voyages, because most likely there will be a few DBQs about him. He was a doctor who sailed on the ships trying to keep the slaves in good condition. Though he said that it was hardly necessary because if they were not in expected condition they were most likely dead.
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