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The Slave Trade, Part I
Before we begin..
How many people are in this class?
How many people go to this school?
How many students are there in this district?
On a separate sheet of paper or the back of your notes, write down the names of everyone you know.
You have 3 minutes.
Then, count the number of names you’ve written.
The Slave Trade
Slavery has always existed.
Was NOT always race-based.
In the Americas, people used Native Americans & indentured servants for labor
Led to labor shortage
Began bringing slaves from Africa
How were slaves captured?
Some traded by African rulers in exchange for European goods
European traders raided villages & kidnapped people
African slaves shipped to the Americas
Raw materials shipped to Europe
Finished goods shipped to Africa
The **Middle Passage
Africa the Americas
Slaves packed into ships
Voyage lasted about 1 month
~10 to 20% died on the voyage
The Voyage to the West
"We were thrust into the hold of the vessel in a state of nudity, the males being crammed on one side and the females on the other; the hold was so low that we could not stand up, but were obliged to crouch upon the floor or sit down; day and night were the same to us, sleep being denied us from the confined position of our bodies, and we became desperate through suffering and fatigue.”
*Please record the answers on your study guide or a separate sheet of paper.
1) How did Ottobah and his fellow captives plan to fight back?
2) How were the women on the ship treated?
3) How were slaves punished for breaking the rules?