FC: Slave Trade | Trans Atlantic
1: The Trade Route. Slave traders first embarked from Europe. Then they landed in on the west coast of Africa. Once in Africa they picked up their slaves. Then they went to the Americas to sell their slaves. This voyage was called the 'Middle Passage'. Once they sold the slaves, the traders then sailed back to Europe.
2: Middle Passage | This was part of the passage when the slaves were transported to the Americas. Conditions were harsh. Many were sick. There was barely enough room for each person. Many people tried to jump overboard. When someone died they were thrown overboard
3: They fit in as many slaves as possible.
4: Slaves in Africa were traded for rifles, and other manufactured goods. In Africa slaves were treated well. They were considered part of the family. They were even allowed to marry. Africans became slaves as punishment for murder, adultery, and other crimes. When the slave trade was at it's prime, slave traders came and kidnapped many free people.
5: Olaudah Equiano | Olaudah Equiano was a child in his village in what is now Nigeria. The villagers would yell out a special call if slave traders were coming. Olaudah was in his house with his sister when some traders came. He did not have enough time to hide, and he was captured. He became a slave in Africa. A few months later he rode the middle passage to the Americas. As a slave he worked on a merchants ship. He was treated very well. He even got a little pay. After he had been working a while - enough time to save a lot of money, he bought his freedom. One free, Olaudah worked on abolishing slave trade in Europe. After he was done in Europe, he went back to Nigeria to look for his village. He found nothing.
6: Sources: | http://www.blackstudies.ucsb.edu/antillians/images/tritrade.jpg | http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1p277.html | The Olaudah worksheet provided | My World Cultures text book | http://www.english-online.at/history/slavery/life-of-olaudah-equiano.htm | http://www.medfordhistorical.org/middlepassage.php