On the ship, African slaves were crammed like sardines and chained together. In addition, Africans had to endure the terrible heat, there was little or no food provided. They were subjected to diseases that quickly spread among slaves, and many died due to unsanitary conditions. Most of the time, the sick were thrown overboard to avoid infecting others. One writer describes the terrible conditions that African slaves had to endure, “In the voyage, one of every three Africans died from dysentery, smallpox, or suffocation and was thrown overboard to the sharks, who reportedly followed the slave ships from the coast of Africa all the way to the New World.” Also, the ship’s crew often treated the Africans badly; they often whipped them because many of the people resisted and tried to escape from the cargo ship.
Millions of men, women, and children left behind their personal possessions and loved ones that will never be seen again. Not only were the Africans limited to freedom, but also lost their identity in the process. Kidnapped from their lives that throbbed with numerous possibilities of greatness were now out of sight and thrown into the never-ending pile of waste. The loathsome and inhuman circumstances that the Africans had to face truly describe the great wrongdoing of the Middle Passage. All were subject to harsh circumstances and the relentless fears of shipwreck and disease outbreaks.
Slave Narratives The Middle Passage was almost inconceivable. Hundreds upon hundreds of Africans were abducted from their homes to go on boats to America. They were stacked like books on shelves in order to bring enough Negros for a profitable slave trade. The life on the boats on the way to the New World was so bad that the Africans preferred death to their gruesome future. The conditions on the boats were hellish.
Most history books has recorded that between the years 1701-1760, millions of Africans were literally stolen away from their native lands leaving behind their families, work, heritage, and everything that was familiar to them. Robbed of their independence and ‘humanness’; they were reduced to cargo. This was what ‘the Middle Passage’ also known, as the ‘Slave Triangle’ was all about; the trading of goods and commodities among continents including the trading of black men, women and children who were treated like property. The first leg of the journey was from Europe, mainly Portugal to Africa. Many of the goods produced in Europe were not available in Africa or America.
These hostages were traded for things such as: guns, textiles, and metal tools. Upon being captured, the British settlers chained the soon to be slaves around their necks, feet, hands and sometimes to each other. This preven... ... middle of paper ... ...cism in the South was crucial. Many blacks would still get killed and murdered just for being black. In conclusion, slavery was one of, if not the most tragic things that were brought to the face of mankind.
Out of the 11 million African men, women, and children that were sent to the New World like common cargo, 2 million of them died. Africans were treated badly that Europeans whipped and put Africans in handcuffs to transport them. The Africans that survived were sent to work in sugar cane fields and other produce fields that Europeans thrived for like sugar, tobacco, cotton and other New World products. Many Africans and people from Europe realized that people like Europeans needed slaves and would pay anything for them. Soon after realizing, Africans began to sell their own for high amounts of money and so did Europe.
Some of the effects of slavery in America were positive, but almost all of slavery’s impact in Africa was harmful. One major change in the areas that slaves were exported from is shown in demographics. Thousands of males were taken from their families and communities, and the tribes were expected to survive without many of their local leaders or role models. Not only did local tribes in Africa have hardships, but the leadership in many of the countries’ governments weren’t stable. The cruel trade demonstrated “how the external demand for slaves caused political instability, weakened states, promoted political and social fragmentation, and resulted in a deterioration of domestic legal institutions” (Nunn) in Africa.
The Mid Atlantic Slave Trade was a dark time period involving racism, terrorism, harassment, and so on. There were several different causes of the Mid-Atlantic slave trade. It involved an overwhelming amount of people around the world that supported the capturing, enslaving, the harassment of innocent people. The effect of the Mid-Atlantic Slave Trade had a tremendous impact on the world and the repercussions of it are still around today... ... middle of paper ... .... Despite its downsides, some people believed that there were some benefits from slavery.
Disease spread throughout the ship causing many slaves to die. They would also die of hunger and getting beaten so much by the white crew onboard. Equiano had to survive in these conditions for long periods of time. Equiano was from Nigeria and lived in a powerful village called Essako. The British kidnapped him in 1756.
Several plantation fields were just too large for one farmer, so it was decided that African slaves are to be brought in to help. A ship was sent to the shores of Africa and there many Africans were forced on the ship to either the Caribbean or to North America to work in the fields. When the Europeans came to the Americas they took the land by legitimating their conquest from the Indians, established colonies, and legalized slavery in the New World. The discovery of the Americas supposed to be this glorious moment in America, but it turns out to be the most brutal massacre and human persecute in history. When Christo... ... middle of paper ... ....