The Atlantic Slave Trade was one of the most brutal periods of slavery in history.
More than 12 million slaves from Africa were forced across the Atlantic Ocean to work as slaves in the USA, the Caribbean, Brazil and the wider Americas.
We have created a top list of the Top 10 most shocking facts about the slave trade. Movies such as Amistad, 12 years and several slave trade documentaries have shed a light on some of the tragedies of American slavery. However there are still many facts that most people are not aware of when it comes to the topic of slavery.
This video focuses on the Atlantic Slave Trade that started in Africa where millions of Africans captured in wars were sold to European slave traders, who took them on a cruel and harsh journey across the Atlantic on slave ships. This journey was known as the slave trade middle passage. Many slave died on slave ships during the middle passage from disease, starvation, mistreatment and and were thrown into the Atlantic Ocean, while others committed suicide or were killed by their slave ship masters.
On arriving in USA, the Caribbean, Brazil and other parts of South America many slaves were forced to work on slave plantations under terrible conditions, working 18 hours a day, from sunrise to sunset. Such was the harshness of the working conditions, many slave died prematurely from beatings of their slave maters or sheer exhaustion.
American slave trade history reveals some of the despicable ways in which Africans slaves were treated in America.
However only 5% of all African slaves from the slave trade were taken to America, the number of African American slaves rose quickly in comparison to Brazil where 40% of all slaves from the African slave trade were taken to. The reason for the difference in the two is said to be the extreme harshness and brutality of the work that slaves in Brazil had to endured in comparison to African American slaves, leading to a higher mortality rate among Afro Brazilian slaves, and the need for more and more slave needing to be imported from Africa to Brazil across the middle passage.
We hope this Top 10 list of shocking facts about the slave trade educates and informs you on the history of the Atlantic slave trade, and provides a crash course in understanding how brutal slavery was on the African slaves. In this Top 10 list you will learn of the story of slaves such as Cudjoe Lewis the last known African born slave to be brought into America and the Clotidle ship that arrived in Alabama.
We created this video in the style of a slave trade documentary, using the Top 10 list video format to make it easy to understand the most shocking facts about the Atlantic Slave Trade.