BC: By Sarah Earl SE148084 MWF 10 amclass
FC: Slavery: The Tans-Atlantic Slave Trade. | Sarah Earl SE148084
1: The Trans- Atlantic trade begins with the capture of men, women, and/or children, In some villages there would be a look out who would yell if traders where coming. If they had time, the villagers would run for the safety of the trees and dense vegetation. But if they didn't have time then they hid as best they could and hoped they weren't seen. If they were seen, life would never be the same for them.
2: If someone was captured then they would be carried off with a dirty cloth in their mouth and a sack over their head. They were scared, in shock and most of all lost, because they didn't know what would happen to them now. At some point they do stop, to eat and get their hands bound. The next day or so they are put on a boat with several others and have no room to move. They are chained to the floor and to each other. There are holes in the floor that are used as toilets but they are rarely dumped. So people are sitting in each others waste, vomit, and sweat. Many died from the lack of fresh air, food, water and diese formed from awful conditions. They were sometimes allowed on deck to get fresh air and exercise. These breaks may have saved someones life.
4: After what seemed like forever, they would arrive in the West Indies. Where the people who were still alive were poked and proded but slave owners. The men, women and children were put in a pen made for sheep. After they were all in the pen, the gates were opened and a free for all began. Slave owners grabbed the slaves they wanted and paid, families torn apart never to see each other again. The old and sickly were usually chosen last. If this didn't happen then they were actuchoned off to the highest bidder.
6: Losing these people, families, was devastating to their village. If the people who were captured ever made it back to their homeland, most of the time they would find no one their and nothing left of the place they were born. The population went down in some areas. because entire villages were gone, traditions and cultures were lost. Even 400 years after the slave trade ended there was still a lasting effect. The slave trade affected some areas very harshly while others were undisturbed by it. It increased tension and started wars among the people. When slave traders rampaged through small places the economic life suffered. The raiders would take strong young men and women, who
7: were the ones that planted and harvested the food for the entire community, without them the village would face disaster. It is unknown how many villages disapired this way.
8: A Slave Dealer leading people to the coast where they will be sold.
9: Sources : Pictures- all from bing images. My information- World Cultures pages, 94-95 Olaudah Equiano's story. Sight and sounds paper. My mom, who is a history teacher.