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Name: Giselle Gutierrez Directions: As you go through this document, you should be highlighting things related to the different SPICE categories. Social=Purple Political= Green Interaction with Environment= Blue Culture= Red Economic= Orange You also should be making comments on the document as you go (go to insert > comment) as you go- you need at least 5 comments reflecting on anything new or shocking that you learned! You will then be submitting a discussion post on canvas and responding to 2 other classmates’ posts. Transatlantic Slave Trade: Primary Source Reading Excerpted from Alexander Falconbridge, British surgeon on slave ships, An Account of the Slave Trade on the Coast of Africa (London: 1788) How Slaves were captured: After permission has been obtained for breaking trade the captains go ashore, from time to time, to examine the negroes that are exposed to sale, and to make their purchases. The unhappy wretches (slaves), are bought by the black traders at fairs, which are held for that purpose, at the distance of upwards of two hundred miles from the sea coast; and these fairs are said to be supplied from an interior part of the country. Many negroes, upon being questioned relative to the places of their nativity have claimed, that they have travelled several months before they have reached the places where they were purchased by the black traders. At these fairs, which are held at uncertain periods, but generally every six weeks, several thousands are frequently exposed to sale, who had been collected from all parts of the country for a very considerable distance round. While I was upon the coast, during one of the voyages I made, the black traders brought down, in different canoes, from twelve to fifteen hundred negroes, which had been purchased at one fair. They consisted chiefly of men and boys, the women seldom exceeding a thizrd of the whole number. From forty to two hundred negroes are generally purchased at a time by the black traders and can consist of those of all ages, from a month, to sixty years and upwards. Scare any age or situation is deemed an exception, the price being proportional. Women sometimes form a part of them, who happen to be so far advanced in their pregnancy, as to be delivered during their journey from the fairs to the coast; and I have frequently seen instances of the deliveries on board ship. The slaves purchased at these fairs are only for the supply of the markets at the coastal ports.
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