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FC: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

2: Slavery in Africa dated back to ancient times.They were usually captives of war or offered themselves in exchange for something they needed.They were commonly treated like servants instead of the picture of slavery that European slave traders created.They were some times part of communities.They were treated kindly and respected.

4: When Europeans stepped onto the scene, slavery became a commercial business.Africans were stolen from their villages, homes, and families.This happened because people wanted to make a profit off of them in the rising business.Sometimes they were not even stolen, but sold.Some rulers of African tribes or villages would simply sell his people in exchange for something of his own gain.When slaves were boarded on the ships to America, this is when their true torment began.The ships were dark, causing no one to be able to see.The slaves were pushed so close together they could hardly move.The smell alone caused many sickness and death.All around people were vomiting.Tubs were provided for the purpose of a toilet.But they were usually full and dangerous.As you may have guessed, the slaves were terrified,sad, and confused.

7: By looking at the picture to the left you can see the trip the slaves had to take.They only remained on the ship for one leg of the trip.The slave trade and routes were really made into a system.Starting from trading manufactured goods for slaves.Then they took the slaves to America to be exchanged for raw materials.These materials were then taken back to Europe and sold in exchange for manufactured goods, starting the process again.

8: Slavery has affected people all over the world.Today people in America still deal with the end results of slavery, which is commonly racism.They also find it hard to hold onto their culture because it was stripped away from them, and lost.They also may find it hard to find a good place in society because of racism.Societies in Africa are still affected by it.Their villages and tribes were torn apart by the things that happened during slavery.And if a slave ever did escape or make it back to their homeland, they may have returned to find everything and everyone gone.

9: Source page World Cultures textbook Provided document from lesson.

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