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The African Slave Trade

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FC: The History of Slavery | By: Casey Clapper

1: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade consisted in 3 stages. 1. Taking manufactured goods from Europe to Africa. They exchanged the goods for more slaves. 2.Commonly known as "The Middle Passage" that was when they shipped the slaves to the Americas. 3. Returned to Europe.

2: On the Ship Conditions were not good on the ships, especially during the Middle Passage. Many had little or no space, food and water were scarce, and it was very unsanitary. Many slaves didn't make it to their destination, they died on the journey. Some African slaves even committed suicide so they wouldn't have to live a life suffering in slavery.

3: Slavery was a hard thing to deal with for many Africans. There are current estimates of about 11 to 12 million slaves were shipped across the Atlantic over all. The slaves were forced to work on coffee, sugar, tobacco, and cotton plantations for Europeans. Some also worked in rice fields or worked in houses as servants, possibly having to also take care of the children. Slaves that worked on plantations were treated with cruelty and were often beaten or whipped by their masters.

4: Resistance to Slavery A small number of British reformers and liberals in the 18th century began arguing that slavery was immoral, some supported runaway slaves, others publicly argued for abolition of the trade. The abolitionists had to try to influence public opinion, some of the methods are Anti-Slavery books Abolitionists prints, posters, and pamphlets. Anti-Slavery Rallies They captured public awareness after they showed people the mortality level and the conditions of the ships. After some time went on, in 1833 Parliament passed a Act to abolish slavery and came into force in 1834. After that Act, slavery began to die down and it eventually stopped.

5: Impact of The Slave Trade Some historians argued that the economics of the trade helped stifle Africa's economy. But it did permanently weaken the continent of Africa, it led to its colonization by the Europeans in the 19th century, and engendered the racism and contempt from which Africans still suffer. So i suppose there are some negative and positive impacts that the Slave Trade left on Africa.

6: PICTURES | They used these to buy slaves.

7: SOURCES | www.wikipedia.com www.nmm.ac.uk/freedom/viewTheme.cfm/theme/abolition www.google.com/images

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