BC: By Jacob Smith
FC: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
1: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade began in the mid 1500's. Slavery had been in Africa longer than that but slaves weren't traded like cattle until the | need for workers in the Americas got worse. African kings and merchants helped the traders get slaves by kidnapping people from rural villages. Entire villages were wiped out because the traders took the strongest ones and there wasn't anyone left to farm the fields or hunt for food.
2: After capture, slaves were shipped to the Americas on crowded ships. Each man had 18 inches of space. Many died from disease and starvation. The ones that lived were sold at market like livestock.
3: As slavery was banned around the world, the need for slaves decreased. Trading ended in 1867. | Slavery took a heavy toll on Africa. It is estimated that 12.5 million people were shipped as slaves. | Only 10.7 million survived the voyage. Slavery was a sad chapter of our history. I hope we learn from it.
4: Sources http://africanhistory.about.com/od/slavery/tp/TransAtlantic001.htm http://www.slavevoyages.org/tast/assessment/essays-intro-01.faces I used our book and the story of Olaudah Equiano. Pictures from Google images