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S: REDWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2010-2011

BC: Credits I used the following to help me with this project: http://www.nmm.ac.uk/freedom/viewTheme.cfm/theme/triangular Olaudah_Equiano1.pdf Lincoln Interactive World Cultures Book Second Custom Edition

FC: Slave Trade Project

1: Slavery first began when Europeans first brought a few slaves back from Africa and carried them into Europe. Even before Europeans brought slaves back, slavery was going on in different parts of the world. There wasn't | much demand for slaves until the Americas began to be settled by Europeans. The native Americans that were used to mine for gold and silver, and to work plantations did not survive long. So, they turned to the Africans. It was thought that the Africans where better suited for the job, because they where able to survive the harsh African Savannah.

2: Most of the slaves in Africa where caught during wars. Some slaves where free people who sold themselves into slavery when the famine struck their land. Some slaves where lucky and were treated like servants instead of slaves. | Slaves and/or their children might become full parts o f the members in the society if they were lucky.

3: When the Europeans introduced slavery, they had a major impact. Nearly 60,000 slaves(including the ones who died) would be transported in ships to other lands. The bigger the ship the more slaves they could carry. Sometimes a person in a slave ship only had 18 inches of space to move around in and many slaves died. They had a row of tubs below deck that were used for toilets. Many little children would fall in and drown.

4: Inside the ship, it smelled like a graveyard with open coffins. People often got really sick or died with such a powerful stench. Many people got sea sick, and others got all sweaty from the heat and sickness. Even if a person wanted to | commit suicide by jumping overboard he couldn't. Nets on the sides of the boat prevented this. If a person tried to starve himself, he'd get a beating. Many saw no point in this and didn't want to be beat anymore.

5: Many European and American abolitionists tried to prove that Africans where more that just inferior human beings. They used illustrated point of views to prove the torture and brutality that the Africans where being inflected with. They also used images to prove cruelty. Europeans would trade Africans slaves for guns and other goods. Since the Africans slave traders already had guns and great power, they invaded villages taking numbers of prisoners with them. This included men, women and children who could walk, no matter what age. some Africans resisted capture, but only a lucky few escaped the firm grips on the African slave traders. The Africans tried everything to get away from slavery, even endangering themselves. Altogether the slave trade lasted for about 400 years.

6: Around the 1700s, a number of European people began to take action and talked about the rights of all humans. They claimed that the Africans should be just as free as anyone else. This idea was moving slowly across Britain. This was the first | was the first country to end slavery. When free Africans told other people about their personal experience in slavery, things took a turn and many nations considered to ban slavery. But some people didn't stop at this, and continued to imprison Africans into slavery.

7: Some parts of Africa were not impacted much by slavery. In other areas it caused major damage and disruption. At times, the slave trade would cause wars and create tension between groups of people. Slave traders would take the | strong men and women out of small communities. Others that were left were too weak to do all the work and the community would be dissolved. since the strong hold the week, some communities fell apart. The Africans that were captured and dispersed through out the world suffered Diaspora led gravely. The survivors had a hard time maintaining their cultures. The good that came of all this is the spread of ideas, customs, beliefs, music traditions, proverbs, foods, religious beliefs, and artistic styles.

8: When slavery was banned, Africans began to travel back to their home land where they were born. Britain was kind enough to organize a colony called Sierra Leone, in West Africa for the free slaves.

9: Liberia was organized by freed slaves from the United States.

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