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The Atlantic slave trade: What too few textbooks told you - Anthony Hazard


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Slavery has occurred in many forms throughout the world, but the Atlantic slave trade -- which forcibly brought more than 10 million Africans to the Americas -- stands out for both its global scale and its lasting legacy. Anthony Hazard discusses the historical, economic and personal impact of this massive historical injustice.

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The Atlantic slave trade sent slaves to various locations in the world. What effect did this forced migration have on these areas? Visit the Mariner’s Museum Captive Passage website. Gain some more perspective on how the slave trade affected the Americas. Then read the transcript or listen to this 15 Minute History podcast and find out more. Are you a visual learner? View a graphic about the slave trade and destinations here. Browse the In Motion: the African-American Migration Experience site and find out how African–American migrations help shape the culture, economics, and history of the Americas. The Transatlantic Slave Trade section of this site gives a view of the capture of slaves, their forced migration to other countries, and the impact that this trade had on African demographics. For a great review of all this information, watch Crash Course World History: The Atlantic Slave Trade!
Gain a greater understanding of life aboard the slave ships at PBS. How did these people survive the horrific conditions and what happened aboard the ships? Read about tight packers and loose packers and find out the general daily routine aboard a slave ship here.
What do North America, the Caribbean, Brazil, Europe and Africa all have in common? Each of the areas had a role in the transatlantic slave trade. Visit the Voyages website that has information on over 35,000 slave trade voyages. Examine estimates of the slave trade here and read the names of over 90,000 slaves that were forced to migrate away from their native homeland.
Are there myths and misconceptions about slavery? Do you have any? Rid yourself of them at the Digital History: Slave Fact Sheets. For a complete description of the Origin of Slavery in America visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History site.

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