Let’s imagine… …the cries of those who are beaten and separated from their families… …the sicknesses as captives are wedged together in the belly of the ship… …the stench of death… …floors filled with blood, vomit, and other body fluids… …and the sight of hundreds of human beings…property… suffering together…
Today, we’ll imagine what it must have been like to live as a slave… A slave who was nothing more than…
The Origins of Slavery in America Cheap labor was needed for tobacco and sugar production The Native Americans were forced to work, but many died because of illnesses John Hawkins Pioneer of the English slave trade
Transatlantic Slave Trade The Triangular Trade Involved Britain, West Africa, and America Exchange of goods for profit The Slave Trade was extremely profitable The Middle Passage was the route from West Africa to America
1619:The first shipment of slaves arrived in the New World via the Middle Passage
For over 200 years, slaves were kidnapped from Africa and sold in America
Packing Precious Cargo Once on board, the slaves were taken below the deck and chained together in what was called the slave galley. It was here that they were kept throughout the long voyage from Africa to America. And it was here that millions died from the conditions on board the ship.
The Auction Block Most enslaved Africans were sold to a plantation to work in the fields or work in the houses of their masters.
“I don’t know how old I was when I found myself standing on the toppen part of a high stump with a lot of white folks walking around looking at the little scared boy that was me.” Prince Bee
People as Possessions Families were often separated during slave trading, reinforcing their status as possessions rather than people.
Renaming their Property Slave masters often renamed their property. This renaming further reinforced the control of his or her owner. “Gift” and “Nobody” were just two examples of names given to slaves.