FC: TRANS-ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE | BY KYLE NAILOR
1: Slaves were traditionally used in Africa as a punishment for crimes. Slave traders started kidnapping women and children to sell. When adults went to work in the fields children were left along to fend for themselves, and the oldest child would be used as a look out for when the traders would come. They would warn the adults by yelling AIEYHA, so they could hurry home to gather their families and hide so they wouldn't be taken and traded as slaves. When captured they would be gaged with rags in their mouths ,and bags put over their head with hands tied behind their backs. They would be taken to a different settlement in Africa and sold as slaves to the highest bidder or family. When no longer needed they would be sold again to another family. A lot were taken to ships to do a lot of dirty and hard work. Living quarters were very tight. No place to re leave themselves, so they would just go anywhere in the quarters of living. Sometimes a small bathtub was supplied for that reason, and was very seldom cleaned out, so the smell were very hard to bare. Some small children even drowned in the bathtubs of urine and feces. Some slaves even were beaten for not eating, and to escape f
2: Some slaves even sold things so they could save up money to buy their own freedom. To escape was very difficult do to nets that surrounded the ships so they couldn't jump overboard. They were beaten when they refused to eat or drink. When the ships reached the West Indies most of the slaves have died from starvation or being sick. This also would be where the slaves were put in cages for traders to pick their slaves. They would poke and prod them and make them do things to see how strong they were. The stronger ones always got pick first. It was then that they were taken by their trader or family to their homes to take care of the fields, and family. They were fed well and taken care of. But there still were families who didn't treat their slaves well and punished them for things they did. Still the slaves dreamed of being back in the homeland and would still do anything they could to escape. For the ones that were able to buy their freedom, they went back to their homelands to find nothing. Some traveled to speak out on slavery . Slavery was abolished in 1807.
3: SLAVES WERE CAPTURED, AND BROUGHT TO AREAS WERE THEY WOULD BE AUCTIONED | OFF TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. SLAVES WERE ORDERED TO | WORK IN FIELDS, KITCHENS, AND TO TAKE CARE OF THE WHITE MANS FAMILY
4: LIVING QUARTERS ON SHIPS FOR SLAVES WERE VERY CLOSE TOGETHER. THE SMELL OF SWEAT, URINE, AND FECES WAS UNBEARABLE, AND ALOT GOT SICK FOR THE SMELLS.
5: SHACKELS WERE USED TO CHAIN THE SLAVES TOGETHER SO THEY WOULDN'T ESCAPE WHILE BEING SHIPPED TO THE TRADERS.
6: SLAVES WERE CONTAINED IN CAGES AND CEMENTED HOLES IN THE GROUND TILL THEY WERE BIDDED ON BY TRADERS.
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