FC: African Slave Trade
1: Today i am going to talk about the African slave trade. I hope you will enjoy learning many things about the slave trade you might have not known before. "The labor-intensive agriculture of the New World demanded a large workforce. Crops such as sugar cane, tobacco and cotton required an unlimited and inexpensive supply of strong backs to assure timely production for the European market. Slaves from Africa offered the solution." Kidnapping was another big problem. Every so often Africans were kidnapped and placed on ships. These ships were very crammed, disease filled, and dirty. The would have slaves from head to toe packed in the ship, leaving hardly any room for the slaves to stretch out if any. Diseases and sickness also was a big problem for the slaves. Being that crammed if someone was sick it could spread very easily. With all of these slaves on board it would be hard to imagine the awful smell. If someone got sea sick and threw up, the smell would have been awful. Also with all these slaves on board it wouldn't have been very clean.
2: Some of these slaves never seen water before, and its easy to imagine how scary that would have been. The heat also must of been exhausting, having all those people on board and being that crammed would of been very hot. The workers on board of the ship also didn't treat the slaves well. Sometimes they would beat the slaves, and also they usually had there hands tied up. Here is a little part of a real account of a surgeon named Dr. Alexander Falconbridge on board one of the slave ships. "There is great reason to believe, that most of the Negroes shipped off from the coast of Africa, are kidnapped. But the extreme care taken by the black traders to prevent the Europeans from gaining any intelligence of their modes of proceeding; the great distance inland from whence the Negroes are brought; and our ignorance of their language (with which, very frequently, the black traders themselves are equally unacquainted), prevent our obtaining such information on this head as we could wish. I have, however, by means of occasional inquiries, made through interpreters, procured some intelligence relative to the point.
3: From these I shall select the following striking instances: While I was in employ on board one of the slave ships, a Negro informed me that being one evening invited to drink with some of the black traders, upon his going away, they attempted to seize him. As he was very active, he evaded their design, and got out of their hands. He was, however, prevented from effecting his escape by a large dog, which laid hold of him, and compelled him to submit. These creatures are kept by many of the traders for that purpose; and being trained to the inhuman sport, they appear to be much" As you can tell these conditions on these ships were not easy, it was a unforgettable experience. It is a good thing that now today, slavery is pretty much abolished. No one should have ever been treated like this, and it is a very sad thing that people were.
4: Resources: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/slavetrade.htm And http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_slave_trade