S: Slave Trade Project
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FC: Slave Trade Project
1: The slave trade started when traders traveled to small villages throughout Africa. Since most African parents worked on farms, the children were left home at the village. When traders were coming, they would have one of the children warn the village. The very thought of this struck fear into African childrens' hearts. | The traders would come and take them away from their homes, often by force. They would stuff cloth into their mouths and put sacks over their heads while they took them away. Their capture methods were very cruel, and the African people were mistreated.
2: The slave traders would take their captives on long journeys back to the shoreline. The slaves were given food on the trip, but many couldn't eat out of fear. Often, the trips would take more than one day, so the traders and their captive slaves got some rest overnight. The next morning, they would move again.
3: When they reached the shoreline, the slaves were loaded onto a ship. The ocean was visible and stretched out as far as the eye could see, and there were white people everywhere. This was a strange feeling to the African people. The presence of other African people on the boat re-assured newly-captured slaves that they weren't going to die. This healed that dreadful feeling to a certain degree.
4: The ride was rough. The slaves were stuck underneath the deck, in a cramped space that they didn't even have enough headroom to stand up in. Conditions were terrible here. It was very cold, and it smelled horrible. A lot of the slaves vomited from motion sickness, and there was only a tub that was used as a bathroom. Many of the slaves got sick on the ship, and some died from their illnesses. Some of the slaves attempted to rebel by refusing to eat and follow orders. Some even committed suicide to avoid their future.