The Transatlantic Slave Trade


US History European Colonization The Transatlantic Slave Trade
Students learn how the establishment of European colonies led to the rise of the transatlantic slave trade. They are introduced to the concept of triangular trade. They work with the Voyages: Transatlantic Slave Database to analyze data related to the slave trade.

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In this experience, students learn how the establishment of European colonies led to the rise of the transatlantic slave trade. They are introduced to the concept of triangular trade. They work with the Voyages: Transatlantic Slave Database to analyze data related to the slave trade.

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Why do people migrate?

Objectives:

  • Explain the causes and effects of the transatlantic slave trade.
  • Outline the relationship of the slave trade to other kinds of trade.


For more than three centuries—from the time of the early European colonies in the Americas through the U.S. Civil War—millions of African men, women, and children were forcibly taken from their homes and transported into slavery in the Americas. This transatlantic slave trade was cruel and dehumanizing for the slaves. In the Americas, their free labor created considerable wealth for plantation owners and European colonizers.

In this experience, you will learn about the rise of the transatlantic slave trade.

Objectives:

  • Explain the causes and effects of the transatlantic slave trade.
  • Outline the relationship of the slave trade to other kinds of trade.




Convoy of Captive Women, probably Western Sudan


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