The Challenges Of Slavery During The Atlantic Slave Trade

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Many African Americans had to go through many difficulties during the Atlantic Slave Trade. Getting captured and taken away, being sold to European merchants, and then having to deal with the voyage ahead of them across the Middle Passage were some of the many difficulties that Africans had to go through. Even though African slaves were mistreated at the time, thanks to the African Americans and their contributions, for example contributions in agriculture, the formation of the New World later to be known as the United States of America began. The reason the New world was able to become economically great was because of the Atlantic Slave Trade.“The first Africans to arrive in the New World began in 1619”. This was the beginning of the …show more content…
“Then the Cappasheirs each brought out his slaves, according to their degree and quality, the greatest first, etc., and our surgeon examin’d them well in all kinds, to see that they were sound wind and limb, making them jump, stretch out their arms swiftly, looking in their mouths to judge of their age”. This just shows how the Cappasheirs wanted to get rid of the African American slaves, that they were shaving any facial hair that they may have had and shaving their heads so that the Africans showed no grey hairs indicating that they were older in age than they appeared. So in return for this the Europeans took their own surgeon the exam the Africans that were going to be bought to secure that the Europeans were getting only young healthy Africans to work for them. This just shows how African were mistreated by both Cappasheirs and Europeans. To the Cappasheirs Africans were a product that they could sell to get money, while the Europeans thought of Africans as a product that can make more money for them by putting them to work on the Europeans land and the younger the Africans were the longer they would be able to work in the New World. This just showed how little respect Europeans and the Cappashiers had for Africans.“ Then we mark’d the slaves, we had bought on the breast, or shoulder, with a hot iron, having the letter of the ship’s name on it”. This process …show more content…
“British and Anglo-American ships alone brought 3 million slaves to the Americas between 1700 and 1808. They crossed the Atlantic on over packed slave ships, where a large percentage of them died before reaching their final destination, the West Indies, or North America”. This just shows how many African American were sold are traded between African merchants and Europeans between 1700 and 1808. The sad fact of this that a large number of Africans died before reaching their destination to the colonies. The conditions in which the African Americans were transported were inhuman. A large amount of Africans died on their voyage so Europeans over pack the ships so they would have more Africans that survived the trip at the end. For the Africans who survived being captured in Africa, then being sold, and then their voyage they had to face endless labor. Africans Americans were put to work in South America, the West Indies, or North America for the rest of their lives. “In Virginia the slave system was more fluid”. The Virginia Slave system treated Africans more as servants than slaves, which allowed them to buy their freedom or escape to their freedom. This meant that Africans were treated better than before when they were treated as livestock or

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