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FC: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

2: The slave trade was a very treacherous, emotional, and tough time for Africans. People had viewed "blacks" as non-humans. Many we're emotionally scarred during this time. Africans we're taken from there homes then sold to usually "whites", to work for them. At first, only criminals or prisoners of a war we're used as slaves, but as time went on, they began using ordinary women and children as slaves. It was a time of pure cruelty on the slave traders and owners part. This book here is to show you exactly what happened during this time, and how unjust it truly was.

3: On a regular day in Africa, adults we're working on the farms, and children we're fending for themselves and acting as lookouts for the village for traders. If they were to see a trader they were to scream a signaled scream to warn everybody to hide. When someone was captured, the traders would put a dirty cloth in their mouth and a sack over their head. Then, they would drag or carry them until it was night. Now, the new slaves would walk for days until they reached the African Settlements where they were sold. Ones who were sold to families in Africa were pretty fortunate because many owners treated there slaves kindly unlike America where it was the complete opposite.

4: Sometimes the slaves we're sold again after the first family. If they we're fortunate they would be sold to another family in Africa. But, that wasn't always the case. Many people we're dragged to ships, where they would be shipped far away from home. For most, sadly, this would be the last time they sat foot on their home grounds. After being dragged onto the ships, men and women had to be chained to the ships, but children did not. When night came around, everyone was forced to a lower deck of the ships into a very tight space. Each person only had about 18 inches of space to himself. Could you imagine what that must have been like?

5: From being afraid and sick, people were vomiting, sweating, urinating, and having bowel movements all over the place. Think about how smelly and disgusting it must have looked and smelled! On average, between 10 and 30% of people died on each ship from living in these conditions. | While on the ships, many would resist to do what the captains or traders told them to, in effect they we're flogged or spit upon. Some of the slaves would commit suicide so they wouldn't have to go through what else was to come. Once the shipped docked, slave buyers would come on the ship and poke them with sticks and have them to silly tasks to see how healthy they were. The day after, the slaves were put into a pen, and the merchants would come a pick who they wanted.

6: Once they were sold, their owners would give them jobs. Although most people worked on the plantation or in the houses, some would be trained as craftsmen, sailors, and soldiers. If a slave was fortunate, he would be able to buy himself out of slavery and go off to live a normal life, if not, they would be slaves until they died or escaped. These events mentioned continued to reoccur through the years until the eventual abolition of slavery.

7: During the slave trade between 11-12 million people were captured and sold, not counting the many who died on the way to being sold. The effect the slave trade had on Africa will last for many years to come. Many families were torn apart and separated. People nowadays may never be able to trace back to their ancestors and find some of their long lost relatives. One good thing is that the slaves kept up with their origins and culture and never let those go. Although the Africans may never regain certain things, they are now stronger than ever.

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