Slavery Source Assessment

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slaverySource Test on Slavery and the Slave Trade
Q1
The UK transported silk guns and spices to Africa. In return, they received slaves. The UK transported silk guns and spices to Africa. In return, they received slaves.

Americans would send cargo like cotton and sugar to the UK, which was produced by slaves on plantations. And the UK gave manufactured goods in return. Americans would send cargo like cotton and sugar to the UK, which was produced by slaves on plantations. And the UK gave manufactured goods in return. 1

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Slaves from Africa would be sold to the Americans. They would either be bought or traded for goods. Slaves from Africa would be sold to the Americans. They would either be bought or traded for goods.

The process of the slave trade was called the triangular trade. Places like Europe, the UK, USA and Africa continuously traded with each other trading slaves, manufactured goods and food. Q2 The source we have read was used by Mr Knox in front of a Parliamentary Committee in 1789. Slaves on board were treated well by the crew and the captain. “Slaves on board were certainly treated humanely” Mr Knox believes that slaves were treated well, as he uses the term humanely. He was commander of his ship for 7 years and should have known how slaves on board were being treated. Slaves were fed well and were never left to go hungry. Slaves would eat portions of rice with spices and other herbs. “He has never known slaves on board without plenty of food” This means the captain did not know of any slaves who did not get enough to eat. But later on he does mention that it was not his job to feed them.

Most ships were big enough for slaves to stand up in. But when they did use small ships there would be no more than 4 feet of standing space. Slaves normally are squashed up into small platforms no larger than 3 feet. Slaves who speak the same language are kept chained together. “Slaves who speak the same language are chained together.”...
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