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FC: Amy Myers World Cultures Trans Atlantic Slave Trade

1: Slavery did not begin exactly in the 1500's. Since ancient times, slavery has existed. In Africa, though, the slaves were mostly people who had been captured in war, or in times of famine, some sold themselves into slavery. Slaves were part of the community in a majority of African Societies. They were most likely to be treated as slaves, rather than property.

2: During the Slave Trade, many Africans were packed up into ships. Sometimes, there was hardly any room to move around, because everyone was packed so tightly. The Africans were mostly weakend, tired, and most were suffering. Some voyages, like the Middle Passage, ended up to be a harsh ride. During the Middle Passage, some of the slaves died, from the lack of food and water.

3: The profits to be made by the Slave Trade grew, because demand for slaves rose up. A trade network then came in, it used people for cargo, and was connected to Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Also, Racism began quickly. Whites in Europe, and the Americas started to see Africans to be inferior, or not good enouph. Racism was then used to judge that Africans should be used, and seen as property.

4: The Save Trade was puttting harsh conditions on the slaves. Some tried to resist. Some wanted rebellions to be organized on ships. Slaves even tried to jump overboard to escape a life of slavery. Many died from quickly spreading diseases in the filthy conditions that were around the ships. The Slave Trade lasted almost 400 years. This slave trade could have been the cause of many deaths of the suffering African slaves. There were 2 to 3 million deaths of Africans. Toward the end of the slave trade, many tried to speak out against slavery. One person, was Olaudah Equiano, who had lived many years of slavery, and then he soon got his freedom. Later, he writes a book describing his horrible time in slavery.

5: People that were involved in the Slave Trade had different effects of the situation. A lasting effect had set on Africa, from the 400 years of the Slave Trade. Some parts had little effect from the Slave Trade, yet some had a bigger effect upon it. Some were so effected that some societies were disrupted, in other areas. The Slave Trade encouraged war, and increased tensions among others. In conclusion, everyone had different feelings, effects, and memories of the Slave Trade. Some may have found it harsh ,and some may have had little of an effect from it. People could have had different perspectives, and effects of life, depending on what position they were in at the time. Therefore saying that the Slave Trade effected people in different ways.

6: Work Cited Page Resources: World Cultures Text Book, Chap 4 section 3 pgs 93-95 Webquest Site: http://www.nmm.ac.uk/freedom/viewtheme. cfm/theme/triangular Pitures: www.Google.com Trans Atlantic Slave Trade Images.

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