African Slave and African Slave Trade
African Slavery and the Slave Trade African Slavery and the Slave Trade was one of the most devastating events that took place between us African Americans. African slavery all began back in 1482 when the Portuguese built their first permanent trading post on the Western Coast of present day Ghana. The Eliminate castle later became one of the most important stops on the route of the Atlantic Slave Trade. The Dutch seized the fort from the Portuguese in 1 637 and traded slaves there until 1872 when they surrendered to the British.
About ten million African slaves ere kidnapped; usually from peaceful tribes because of their lack of defense. “The captured slaves were forced to march to the Atlantic coast which at times was over one hundred miles (A. Duennas, W. ). ” Upon arrival at the castle the slaves were then kept in dungeons and sometimes spend months chained up while awaiting shipment. Female slaves were raped by castle governors while awaiting shipment. When the next slave ship arrives and prices were finalized the slaves were then made to walk through the door of “NO RETURN”.
Slaves were then forced to board the slave ship to their new oral. Slaves were then shipped to the Americas. Slaves were kept in appalling conditions under the deck with just left x in for men, Ft 1 Non x Fit in for women and babies. “Upon arrival in the Americas slaves get inspected and sold to their new owners. (A. Duennas,W). ” The new owners then hold auctions to sell the slaves for a profit to slave buyers; younger slaves cost more money at auctions. On the day of auctions, slaves were showcased for bidding in public and sold to their masters.
The newly bought slaves were then put to work on a large plantation 24/7 for $0. 0. Female slaves were raped by their masters and forced to bear their rapist children. The most popular method used in whipping the slaves was by tying them to a tree. Others were severely beaten and left to die. Back in Africa, local warriors fought a fierce battle against the Europeans to stop colonization by the Europeans. “In 1879 Southern Africa in the Zulus fought a fierce battle against the British in attempts to end colonization in that region (P. Manning)”.
Yea Assassinate in 1 900 led a rebellion against the British, but was captured in Attlee and exiled to Seychelles where she died. The slave life was not anything that you would like to experience. They had slaves doing different things and they had different areas for each such as house slaves and field slaves. House slaves were the ones who usually had the better living; better than field slaves. They usually had the advantage to better food and were sometimes given the family’s hand-me-down clothing. Their living adjustment was also improved than those of other slaves. In some cases the slaves were treated like the slave-owners children.
When this appended close bonds of affection and friendship usually developed. Even though it was illegal, some house slaves were educated by the women in the family. Trusted house slaves who had provided good service over a long period of time were sometimes promised their freedom when their master’s died. However, there are many cases where this promise was not kept. Field slaves were in the fields from sunrise to sunset and at harvest time they did an eighteen hour day. Women worked the same hours as the men and pregnant women were expected to continue until their child was born.
Slavery was so out of hand and it went on for many years until on the 23rd of September, 1 862 when Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation(P. Manning)”. The statement said that all slaves would be declared free in those states still in rebellion against the United States on 1st January, 1863. The measure only applied to those states which, after that date, came under the military control of the Union Army. It did not apply to those slave states such as Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri and parts of Virginia and Louisiana, that were already occupied by Northern troops.
It was not until December 1 865, when the Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution had been passed by the House of Representatives and had been ratified by the required number of states, that slavery was finally abolished every. Veer in the United States. In conclusion, I am going to leave you with this. We should all love one another. To understand slavery here is a little something to help you remember. You should not forget where you came from because we have come from a mighty long way. Like MILK said, free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.