BC: Resources: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1narr4.html http://africa.mrdonn.org/slavetrade.html http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/triangulartrade.htm World Cultures Book 2 Documents Given to Us
FC: THE SLAVE TRADE | A Peek into the past
1: It is 1740 you are an African child. You are playing outside when you hear a noise. Suddenly you feel someone grab you from behind. Before you have a chance to yell out a foul tasting cloth is stuffed into your mouth. You try to resist, but you are helpless. It is morning now, were you sleeping? You do not know. You don't remember much except that you were taken away from your home. You feel someone grab you by the shoulder. It is a man like you have never seen before he has a light complexion and his hair is long. He brings you aboard, what you later find out is a boat. You are chained and thrown below deck. It is dark, but you can make out figures of people just like you. You ask the person near you what is going on, but soon understand they are lifeless. It is just then that you realize the unimaginable smell. You try to think of what you could have done to deserve this, but you can think of no deed so horrible as to be punished with something as dreadful as this. You think of your family back home. How you wish for your mother to come and comfort you. You can do nothing, you will never see your family or your home again. Crying, you comprehend you have no choice, but to live or die. And even that will not be a choice of yours, but of your fate.
2: You are part of the Human Cargo which European sailors traded for other ‘goods’. You will be taken on a journey over the Atlantic, one of the 3 steps of a trip called ‘The Middle Passage’ or ‘The Triangular Trade’ because ofthe way it traveled from continent to continent was similar to the shape of a triangle. The first part of the voyage was the transport of goods from Europe to Africa. The carrying of slaves to ‘The new world’ or North America was the second leg of the journey, it usually took between 60-90 days, but sometimes it would take up to 4 months! Imagine being stuck with hundreds of people, half of which died on the way, in a small, cramped space with little to no air. Imagine the smell, and the view of death and agony that these people had to experience. Disease was common throughout. There was no sanitation what so ever aboard the ships. There were no bathrooms either.
6: The slave trade not only effected the people who were enslaved. It also affected the people back home in Africa. The mothers of children who never came home, the wives and children of the men who went out to hunt, but never returned. These people were hurt as well. They didn't know what had become of their family. Not only did it hurt members of the family it also hurt the community. Many years after when slaves were freed they tried to return to their homelands only to find their families gone, no traces of them to be found.