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Day 9: Colonialism and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade


“Cash Crop” — an evocative work of cement, fabric, steel and wood that compels viewers to imagine themselves squeezed into the hull of slave ship. It features 15 life-size sculptures of human beings in shackles representing the 15 million human beings kidnapped and transported by sea during the trans-Atlantic slave trade —people were not considered people; they were considered a good or commodity — ['Cash Crop' on display at the African American Museum in Philadelphia 2014]


Triangular Trade was a form part of a three-legged trade network. On the first leg, merchant ships bought good to Africa to be traded for slaves. On the second leg (Middle Passage) the slaves were transported to the West Indies. On the final leg, these products were shipped to Europe or European colonies in the Americas.

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The Transatlantic slave trade

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Crash Course - The Atlantic Slave Trade -- In which John Green teaches you about one of the least funny subjects in history: slavery. John investigates when and where slavery originated, how it changed over the centuries, and how Europeans and colonists in the Americas arrived at the idea that people could own other people based on skin color.

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What Was the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade?

In the 1570s they established Luanda on the Angolan coast among the Mbundu. In the Indian Ocean, they established bases on Mozambique Island and other towns trying to control the gold trade coming from Monomotapa. On both coasts, not many Portuguese stayed permanently. Other Europeans followed Portuguese patterns by making trading stations through agreement with Africans. Slavery eventually became the main focus of relationships.


Where the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Began The men, women and children needed to fuel the trans-Atlantic slave trade were initially snatched from their lives in Senegambia (Senegal and The Gambia) and the Windward Coast. Around 1650, slave traders moved their operations to West-Central Africa (the Kingdom of the Kongo and neighboring Angola). According to author […]