FC: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Aimee Miller
1: Work for the New World The Trans-Atlantic slave trade took place in the 16th century through the 19th century. The Europeans needed a work force in the New World. Africans were hard workers and had experience in working the land and keeping animals. Because they were accustomed to the tropical climate and diseases they were perfect laborers for the New World.
2: The Journey Over Seas | Slaves were transported to many different places in the Americas by boat. The captain of the ship would pack the slaves in two ways, loose or tight. When the captain used loose packing he would put less slaves aboard the ship so that less disease would spread and not as many slaves would die. Tight packing was the more cruel way to transport slaves. The ships would be filled with as many slaves as it could hold. Once in the ship, the slaves were chained in the holding place, with hardly any room to move.
3: The holding place where the slaves were kept was not sanitary. In most cases, slaves were only given buckets to use for the restroom. The slaves did not all get their own buckets, so the ones closest to them would use them, but for others it was hard to reach it. | There were many slaves that died due to suicide because they believed that they would be returned to their homeland once they died. Many would jump overboard or ask another slave to strangle them. The most common way to commit suicide was going on a hunger strike.
4: Up to 60,000 slaves were taken across the Atlantic a year. Although, many slaves never survived through the middle passage. In the 1700's, abolitionists began to rise and later many slaves were given their freedom. By the end of the 1800's Britain and the US had abolished slavery. | The Beginning of the End
5: Work Cited Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_slave_trade http://africanhistory.about.com/od/slavery/tp/TransAtlantic001.htm http://4thebest4e.tripod.com/id15.html World Cultures: A Global Mosaic p. 94