Over a period of about 400 years,
about 10-15 million African people were kidnapped and sold into
slavery. These people were packed onto to crowded ships, and brought
to the New World, the Americans, as a source of free labor. People
were traded for goods.
slave trade was profitable and cruel. People would return from
working in the fields or from hunting, and find their families
missing. In some cases, entire villages were captured by the slave
traders and loaded onto ships.
kingdoms, like Benin, refused to participate in the slave trade. But
others were eager to trade African people for goods like beads and
textiles and brandy and horses and guns. The European traders had no
trouble filling ships headed for the New World with captured
died on the trip to the New World. People were packed on board
without any thought of their comfort or even survival. There were no
bathroom facilities. There was very little food. It's no wonder
disease killed so many.
the Civil War, it was illegal to buy slaves. But slaves continued to
be traded in Central and South American for another 40 years.
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and the Atlantic Slave Trade
Trade and Slavery