To what extend did the slave experiences in the Middle Passage (of the 17th to 18th century slave trade) led to great loss of lives?
T he reason for choosing this topic is to allow person to visualize, and to even come close to imagining the hardships that the Africans Slaves encountered in the atrocious Middle Passage. The Middle Passage made the researcher, as an historian, want to do further investigation and to fully analyze this intresting event and this is why the topic was chosen.
After the slaves had been captured and gone through the process of selection on the coast, they were led to the ship to begin their horriffic journey through the Middle Passage. The journey of the Middle Passage, as gruesome as it was, was the second leg of the Triangular Trade. It was deemed gruesome because of the countless deaths which took place. These deaths which took place. These deaths were directly and indirectly as a result of the treatment abourd the slavers. The enslaved africans were confined under the deck. Under deck ran tire upon tier of opened ended box like trays 150 centimeters long and 50 centimeters wide and high. The men were placed in these with iron shackles, with chains looping it, connecting it to their neighbours. Women and children where located in the fore section, they were put to lye on their sides and even at times on top of each other.
John Netwon (a slave captain between the years 1745 to 1754) wrote an account of one of his experiences on how the enslaved Africans were placed on the ships and also the layout of the ship, it states ,”With our ships, the great object is, to be full. When the ship is there, it is thought desirable, she should tke as many, as possible. The cargo of a vessel of a hundred tons, or little more, is calculated to purchase fromtwo hundred and twenty to two hundred...
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