Mid Term - Jennifer Howell Spoly1122 Mid Term I. Atlantic...

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Jennifer Howell Spoly1122 Mid Term I. Atlantic Slavery The African slaves traveled on a dreadful transatlantic journey known as the “Middle Passage”. They were aboard filthy crowded slave ships where they traveled below the decks in hideous cramped quarters. Some ships had enough room for them to shit up but not stand while others forced them to lie down in chains with barely any room between each other. The conditions were so bad that many slaves tried to starve themselves to death. The crew tried to save the lives of the slaves so they could sell them for a profit at the end of the trip, but they often treated the unwilling slaves with cruelty and contempt. The slaves that were sick were thrown into the ocean because they didn’t want to waste the limited supply of food. The journey took four to six weeks to complete. The heat, cold, and disease took a heavy toll on the slaves. During the early days, in the ships that were the most cramped, mortality sometimes exceeded 50%. As the slave trade increased, the ships got bigger, carried more water, and provided better food and better facilities for the slaves. Eventually mortality went down to bout 5% for every
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