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The Atlantic Slave Trade

Took place between the 16th and 19th centuries and involved Europeans, Africans, and colonial Americans.

Eric Ziemba

on 13 February 2013

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Transcript of The Atlantic Slave Trade

Triangle Trade Colonies West Africa British Isles The Caribbean Atlantic Ocean 1502: First reported slaves in the New World Juan de Córdoba of Seville becomes the first merchant we can identify to send an African slave to the New World. Córdoba, like other merchants, is permitted by the Spanish authorities to send only one slave. Others send two or three. Around 1640 began the large scale exportation of slaves to the British Caribbean to harvest sugar cane. The Middle Passage was the stage of the triangular trade in which millions of people from Africa were shipped to the New World, as part of the Atlantic slave trade. Ships departed Europe for African markets with manufactured goods, which were traded for purchased or kidnapped Africans, who were transported across the Atlantic as slaves. The ships then traveled to the Caribbean, where slaves were exchanged for sugar, rum, salt, and other island products. The life expectancy of slaves in the Caribbean was very low. Or, Slaves were brought to the American colonies to work on cotton or tobacco plantations. Industrial Britain sought raw materials to use in textiles mills. 1865 1813 1807 Denmark is first to ban the slave trade. 1803 The USA banned American ships from
participating in the slave trade. 1811 Britain passed a new law saying that
anyone convicted of slave-trading would
be sentenced to transportation (to be sent for life)
to a convict settlement in Australia. Slavery abolished in Spain and Spanish Colonies
(violently opposed in Cuba and unenforced) Slave trading abolished by Sweden 1814 Slave trading abolished by The Netherlands 1817 Slave trading abolished by France
(not effective until 1826) 1819 Slave trading abolished north of the
equator by Portugal 1848 Slavery abolished in French and Danish Colonies 1861 Slavery abolished in Dutch Colonies in Caribbean Slavery abolished in the United States Juan Cordoba slide


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http://www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool/localhistory/journey/american_connection/slavery/timeline.shtml Colonial cotton was processed in British textile mills. Some textiles were redistributed to the colonies or traded for slaves in Africa. This second source of profit for the British completed the triangular trade. The Atlantic Slave Trade was fueled by British profiteers, who made money through buying and selling slaves in Western Africa. Sources:
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