Friday, May 18, 2007

Freedom

Freedom. This site is a terrific classroom resource about Britain and the transatlantic slave trade, courtesy of the National Maritime Museum which is located in London, England. The five themes of the site are Triangular Trade, Oppression and Survival, Resistance, Abolition, and Impact.

From the site:

The Transatlantic Slave Trade consisted of three journeys:

1. The outward passage from Europe to Africa carrying manufactured goods.

2. The middle passage from Africa to the Americas or the Caribbean carrying African captives and other 'commodities’.

3. The homeward passage carrying sugar, tobacco, rum, rice, cotton and other goods back to Europe.

By the 1790s there were 480,000 enslaved people in British Caribbean colonies. It is estimated that 11-12 million Africans were transported across the Atlantic into slavery. Many more had died during capture and transportation.

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