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Unformatted text preview: Human Story of Slaving Human March to the Coast* March • Mungo Park: Mungo travelled Mandingo caravan of behalf of the African Association Association Park felt treatment Park not harsh or cruel not • The Coast The Barracoons Barracoons • Holding tanks of Holding • • • African Coast African The wait could be as The long as five months long Often branded; Often inspected by surgeon Often refuse slaves Often simply allowed to die die Barracoons Barracoons • More died of More suicide than in rebellions rebellions Waiting Waiting • Most deaths Most were the result of long wait The Dungeon The Door of No Return Door From Barracoon to Ship From • “The negroes are so The willful and loth to leave their own country, that they have often leap’d into the sea, and kept underwater till they were drowned to avoid being taken up and saved.” On board On • “We reached the We ships in five days where we found the officers had provided themselves with three or four wives each.” each.” Loading Plan – Slave Ship Loading • “Had they room Had to turn themselves, or in any sort to lie at ease?” Reply: “By no means.” (Surgeon before House of Commons) Setting Sail Setting • Once they lost Once sight of Africa: [the ship] “became half bedlam and half brothel.” half Suicide: Suicide: “Sometime it was necessary to cause teeth to be broken,” in order to force them to eat eat • Middle Passage Middle • Obliteration, Bridge, Rite of Passage* Disembarkation Disembarkation • Fed, cleaned and readied for sale • “There are shops full of these wretches, There who are exposed there entirely naked, and bought like cattle.” (French engineer wrote of Bahia.) of Atlantic Slave Markets Atlantic • • • • • Spanish: Rio de Janiero, Buenos Aires Spanish: Portuguese – Cartagena, Pernambuco Dutch – Curacao France – St. Domingue British – Jamestown, Barbados, Kingston, British and Charlestown, So Carolina and • Slave Market: Pernambuco, Brazil, 1820s Profits Profits • Profits early on – 50-100% normal; 135200% not uncommon • By 18th century prices in Africa rose and By profits plummeted to 8-10% profits ...
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