FC: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
1: Throughout history slavery has been a horrible mark on the human race. Many people do not know how slavery began. African slave trade began when European workers couldn't handle some of the work and began to die. They started looking for a new and effective way to get the work done. They new that African's were a strong people, and would do good in the work they were given. European traders had to rely on African slaves for many things. They would pay African rulers with Good's and weapons for them to go into villages, and take many prisoners. African's would originally be put into slavery as a punishment. That was an old African tradition.
2: The journey in the ships was the worst part of the slaves lives. Once on board it was so bad that the slaves would try and jump over board. There was 300-500 slaves on each ship. Each slave would be chained unless they were to young. They were all given a maximum of 18 inches of space. The slave trade lasted 400 years. During that time 11 million slaves were taken from their villages in Africa. Approximately 1/3 of the slaves died on the voyage across the sea alone. This was due to the fact of disease, and the cruelty of the European slave traders, towards thee African's.
3: Once the ships would reach its destination, the slaves would instantly auctioned off to there new masters. | African slaves would be given any job, and were expected for it to be done exactly how there masters wanted, no no matter the age. Young boys would start to work at a very young age in the fields. The work was very hard and there was very little brakes. There masters treated them very poorly. If they messed up just a little bit, they would be punished harshly. One of the worst things was that the owner good auction off any slave, any time! Families would be seperated from each other on numerous accounts. Slaves would desperately try and escape. Out of the millions of slaves taken into captivity, only about 1000 were reported runaway. But that's where the Abolitionist took part in.
4: An abolitionist was A person who favors the abolition of slavery. These people would protest in public about slavery. The really dedicated one's such as Harriet Tubman, would go to the risk of helping slaves escape from their cruel master's. Harriet Tubman was born a slave on a plantation in Maryland. She is well known for being a conductor in the underground railroad. | The underground railroad was a secret network for helping slaves escape from the South to the North. Around 700 slaves successfully used the underground rail road. The African slave trade was a horrible thing which affected Africa in so many ways.
5: Sources | africanhistoryabout.com www.metmuseum.com www.historyonthenet.com World Cultures A GLOBAL MOSAIC | www.wikipedia.com
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