Tuesday, 2 October 2012

A Slave's Life across the Seas

Different fates also awaited slaves taken to West African Trading posts to be sold to European Slave Traders bound for the West Indies, America or Brazil.

    They could end up: 

·sold in the West Indies or Brazil or America

·working for plantation owners

·working as domestic slaves

·bought by a naval officer and spend rest of life on sea.

·end up as a pirate

·some eventually earned enough money to buy their own freedom (very few, as masters were reluctant to loss them)

·none ever returned to their homeland in Africa as they did not know where they had come from. 

They were poked and weighed at the slave auction markets to see how fit they were before being purchased. Read Olaudah Equiano's account here: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism/slavery/americas/olaudah_arrival.aspx


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