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The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

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1: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade began in the mid-fifteen century. When Portuguese interest in Africa went away from the fabled deposits of gold to slaves. By the SevenTeenth century slave trade was already in full swing. Africa lost twelve and a half million people just to the slave trade.

2: Africans were used as Slaves because they were use to the hot weather. They were also very good workers. People thought Africans could be "worked very hard" on plantations and mines. Slaves were taking by ships to trade places. One in eight slaves died on board the ships. Many other died before the left and after they arrived. This affected the population of Africa.

3: The affect of the slave trade can be seen personally. The lost of family and friends is horrible. Many individuals were captured and taking from there family. The environmental destruction from the wars and slave raids were very high. The old and younger kids like babies were often killed or died from starvation.

4: The slave trade in Africa was eventually ended mainly by Olaudah Equiano. Born present day Nigeria was brought to America as a slave. He bought his freedom and wrote about his awful experience from the moment he was captured till he was freed. His book was later published and gave people a different opinion of slave trade. People started to revolt against slave trade and it was successful.

5: Olaudah Equiano

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