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African indigenous people were forcibly taken to the West Indies to work as slaves for white south Americans, Olivia Bartlett reports. Slavery started in around 1490 when Europeans settled in South America. They needed people to work for them; however, there were not enough European servants. Due to the disease and heat, European slaves died quickly. The South Americans and the Europeans needed workers who could tolerate the climate and working conditions. The Spaniards and Portuguese needed a huge amount of slaves who could work for nothing and were easy to control. Europeans were unsuited to the climate and suffered under tropical diseases. Africans, on the other hand, were excellent workers: they often had experience of agriculture and keeping cattle, they were used to a tropical climate, resistant to tropical diseases, and they could be "worked very hard" on plantations or in mines. In 1510 the Europeans found Africa which in those days was the only known country which did not have rulers with weapons. The Europeans began to capture Africans and ship them back to South America. There became a great demand for slaves because they were very profitable. Men, women and children were captured and taken to the coast to be sold to Europeans. ...read more.


None of us dared to run away after that incident. The onlookers started to try and teach us to speak a language. I managed to learn quite a lot and was very pleased with myself. I could understand what all of the onlookers were talking about and could translate it into African and tell the others. Just before the ship arrived from England we were fed bread and potatoes again so that we looked plump and appeared healthy for the slave traders. The ship arrived and the slave traders came into our barracoon to inspect us. They examined our mouths and if we were healthy we were told that we were worth more. This was a time of terrible injustice and thinking about life today just shows us black people how racist and brutal the slave traders were. I was picked and led to a ship, where I was brought down to the hull at the bottom of the ship and chained to the ground. For one day after I had got onto the ship I just lay there with no one beside me or near me. Two days later, more and more people started coming in and being chained down next to me. After about a week we set off to the Americas. ...read more.


One man next to me constantly needed to go to the toilet and coughed up blood. He eventually died and was thrown overboard. I was taken off the ship and brought to a cell like everyone else. We got our chains taken off and were allowed to interact and talk. We were fed well and washed frequently. Everyday white people came in and put white powder on our teeth and put oil on our bodies to make us look darker. Two weeks after we got off the ship we were all taken outside and stood in a line; we were all stared at by hundreds of white people. I was taken away to a Plantation where I worked for the next 20 years of my life until slave trade was abolished in 1890." As can be seen from Equadore's story, slavery is a terrible curse to man kind and is brutal and wrong. Slavery has since been abolished and is no longer been carried out. However, there are new modern ways of human slave trade that are almost as atrocious, such as drug syndicates forcing young people to work as drug traffickers or 'mules' to traffic illegal drugs from one country to another for a small amount of money in exchange. We hope you have enjoyed reading this article. If you would like to find out more about Mr. Manchengo or the Slave Trade, please visit www.theherald.com. ...read more.

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