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Middle Passage
Updated: 10/7/2020
Middle Passage
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  • The Middle Passage The Middle Passage was a forced voyage of enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas and Europe. Millions of African men, women, and children boarded the overcrowded and unsanitary ship for three months. This happened from the 15th to the 19th centuries.
  • While on the ship to the Americas or Europe the Africans were tortured and some were killed by the lack of food and disease that was spreading around the ship.
  • The Africans did not have much room to sleep and were all crammed together. They didn't have a place to pee, poop, or for women have their periods so would do it where they were sleeping. They ate only one handful a day and if someone died you would leave them there until you got off the ship.
  • The African captives were thrown overboard and drowned because if they had died on board while going to Europe or the Americas, the crew could not claim insurance money on the lost cargo.
  • After three months of traveling the ones who survived would get ready to be sold to slave traders If they had open wounds or scars they would place hot tar on them to make them look more presentable. 
  • The slaves would be sold to slave traders, plantation owners, and Europeans and would have to work hard labor. While they were working they didn't get any money or much necessaries to live. Angelina Parrino
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