TED Talk Video link The Triangular Trade(aka: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade)
DEFINITION Triangular Trade: Trade routes between Africa, Europe and the Americas during the Atlantic Slave Trade.
Spain, Portugal, & England • They needed slaves to work on their plantations in South America, the Caribbean, & North America
ENGLAND • At beginning, only a few slaves came to English colonies. • But when tobacco, cotton & rice plantations grew in the colonies, slave trade increased. • Britain was given control over much of slave trade had a monopoly
Leg One: THE OUTWARD PASSAGE • Ships left Europe loaded with guns, tools, textiles (manufactured goods) • Crews with guns went ashore to capture slaves & purchase slaves from tribal leaders. • Slaves were obtained by: 1. Kidnapping 2. Trading 3. People given by chiefs as tributes (gifts) 4. Chiefs sent people who were in debt 5. Chiefs sent criminals through judicial process 6. Prisoners of tribal wars also sent.
A forked branch which opens exactly to the size of a neck so the head can't pass through it. The forked branch is pierced with two holes so that an iron pin comes across the neck of the slave . . ., so that the smallest movement is sufficient to stop him and even to strangle him Goree, or Slave-Stick
Forced Participation • African Chiefs resisted in the beginning; however, they needed weapons for defense. • Europeans too powerful; therefore, any effort to resistance was unsuccessful • If chiefs did not supply slaves, they were threatened to be taken as slaves.
Slaves were held in prisons along the west coast of Africa. • They were waiting to put on slaves ships. • Those that journeyed from the interior and were not fit for the ship were left on the shores to die
Leg Two: THE MIDDLE PASSAGE • Ships sailed across Atlantic Ocean from Africa to Americas, carrying slaves & gold • Journey took 5-12 weeks • DISGUSTING CONDITIONS • Some Africans tried to jump ship, refused to eat & rebelled. • Loss of slave’s life was a loss of $ for sailors.
LEG TWO: THE MIDDLE PASSAGE • Voyage from Africa to the Americas • “Loose packing”: captains took fewer slaves in hope to reduce sickness & death. • “Tight packing”: captains carried as many slaves as their ship could hold many died on voyage
Leg Three: THE HOMEWARD PASSAGE • Africans sold at auctions in Americas • Money from their sale would buy a cargo of raw materials: cotton, sugar, spices, rum, chocolate or tobacco. • In Europe, converted raw materials into finished products.
Auctions (don’t write down) • There were 3 ways slaves were auctioned off: • Public Auctions: - They put tar on the slaves to hide any sores and cuts - Slaves were inspected - An auction to took place and the higher bidder would get to purchase the slave. - Bids were taken as long as an inch of a candle burned. - Slaves were branded - Families were separated - They were given a European name.
Auctions (don’t write down) 2. Private Auctions: • Similar to public auctions • They were indoors and red markers would be placed on the door to indicate an auction.
Auctions (don’t write down) • A Scramble: • They would take place on the docks or on the deck of the ship • There would be a fixed price per head • Slave owners would go in and grab who they wanted to purchase.
AUCTIONS • American born slaves who had skills were most expensive • African born slaves were less $, as they had to be “broken in” • Age, sex, & skills determined cost • Slaves with many scars considered too rebellious • 3 ways: public auction, private auction, or scramble
SLAVERY ABOLISHED IN BRITISH EMPIRE • 1807 = slave trade abolished in British Empire no slaves carried from Africa in British ships. • 1834 = Emancipation Act: slaves under 6 yrs. old were freed; field hands over 6 worked for owners for 6 more years; house slaves worked 10 more years • Britain gave 20 million pounds in compensation to former slave owners & slaves received nothing • 1838 all slaves given complete freedom • Slavery in USA not abolished until 1865
John Green Crash Course • Crash Course: Atlantic Slave Trade Video • (Time permitting)