The Transatlantic Slave Trade & Slavery In America (The Middle passage…
The Transatlantic Slave Trade & Slavery In America
The Middle passage was a triangle of trade through the Atlantic, it carried goods to trade and bring slaves to the places they were wanted.
The colonists enslaved the Africans because the native americans would be too hard to enslave because they outnumbered the colonists and already had cities and large settlements in the americas and would revolt. Also the Natives knew the surrounding land really well and it would be really easy for them to escape.
It was easy to enslave the Africans because some Africans would accept money to capture others. Additionally, the Africans were stripped of their culture, language, and home and were docile in the very unfamiliar land.
Slaves were first brought to Jamestown Virginia in the colonies and then thrived in later years.
The first slaves brought to the Americas were in Brazil, a Portuguese colony in South America.
It involved three main continents Europe, Americas, Africa.
It happened during the 1600’s- 1800’s
It existed to have labor to do work like farming on plantations and other agricultural facilities and also to do house work and factory labor
American Slavery was the cruelest form of slavery because it was for profit alone.
Additionally, the slaves had no human rights whatsoever and were treated like property.
The conditions on the voyage were horrible. Each person only had about 4 square feet, just enough to lie down and nothing else.
The slaves were shackled together below decks where it was hot and humid.
Disease was rampant on the ships and many of the slaves died from sickness.
By the 1800s 10 to 15 million slaves had been brought to North America
Around 50 million lives were lost to the slave trade.
Enslaved people rebelled by trying to kill their owners or the people that were sailing the ship and try to turn the ship around.
The slave owners and the white elites feared that the slaves would join with the native americans and the poor whites and revolt against the rich and the slave owners
The white elites gave the poor whites the idea of racism and made it so that the poor whites despised the slaves and blacks
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