The Slave Trade

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Slavery has been described as one of the most inhumane acts against civilisation. It saw the capture, torture and eventual sale of hundreds of thousands of black Africans who were taken from their homes on the coast of Africa and shipped to the Caribbean and the Americas.

During the course of this essay I will describe what life was like prior to capture and then the journey across the Atlantic and how slaves were treated. I will also describe how slaves were sold at the auction and what life was like afterward until their eventual freedom.

Africa was a much civilised place prior to slavery; we know this because Africa was a beautiful country back, where everyone respected each other. The people from Africa were very talented and made such detailed crafts, built beautiful buildings and designed many other things too. Even though Africa was lacking financially and economically, it was still a civilized country.

When slaves were captured they were taken by Europeans traders. These dealers had a sophisticated network of trading alliances collecting groups of people together for sale. Most of the Africans who were enslaved were captured in battles or were kidnapped, though some were sold into slavery for debt or as punishment.

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Upon arrival at their destination they had to travel through the Middle Passage. The Middle Passage was the stage of the triangular trade in which millions of people from Africa were shipped to the New World, as part of the Atlantic slave trade. Europe departed the first stage of voyage for African markets with manufactured goods, which were traded for Africans, who were transported across the Atlantic as slaves; the slaves were then sold or traded for raw materials, which would be transported back to Europe to complete the voyage. Voyages on the Middle Passage were financially very good and ...

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