The Slave Trade and its Effects on Early America

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Slavery played an important role in the development of the American colonies. It

was introduced to the colonies in 1619, and spanned until the Emancipation

Proclamation in 1863. The trading of slaves in America in the seventeenth century was a

large industry. Slaves were captured from their homes in Africa, shipped to America

under extremely poor conditions, and then sold to the highest bidder, put to work, and

forced to live with the new conditions of America.

There was no mercy for the slaves and their families as they were captured from

their homes and forced onto slave ships. Most of the Africans who were captured lived

in small villages in West Africa. A typical village takeover would occur early in the

morning. An enemy tribe would raid the village, and then burn the huts to the ground.

Most of the people who were taken by surprise were killed or captured; few escaped.

The captured Africans were now on their way to the slave ships. "Bound together two by

two with heavy wooden yokes fastened around their necks, a long line of black men and

women plodded down a well-worn path through the dense forest. Most of the men were

burdened with huge elephants' tusks. Others, and many of the women too, bore baskets

or bales of food. Little boys and girls trudged along beside their parents, eyes wide in

fear and wonder" (McCague, 14).

After they were marched often hundreds of miles, it was time for them to be

shipped off to sea, so that they could be sold as cheap labor to help harvest the new

world. But before they were shipped off, they had to pass through a...