In what context are Africans captured in Africa to be put into slavery? 

Primary Source Assignment Week 2

This Primary Source assignment is on the Atlantic Slave Trade, with links to the sources provided below.

http://www.vgskole.net/prosjekt/slavrute/1.htm

http://www.vgskole.net/prosjekt/slavrute/3.htm

http://www.vgskole.net/prosjekt/slavrute/6.htm

http://www.vgskole.net/prosjekt/slavrute/9.htm

Use some quotes from the sources to help support your answers.

Make sure that you answer each part of the question.

1. In what context are Africans captured in Africa to be put into slavery?  Who is involved in this process?  What is the experience of this process like?

2. What is the Middle Passage?  What is that experience like?  How does it differ from the slaves’ captivity in Africa?

3. How do the reports by white Europeans (excerpts 1 and 4) differ from those of Olaudah Equiano? Is there a reason to trust one of these viewpoints over the others?

4. While these sources all reveal the barbarity of the slave trade, the trade itself was established in order to make money.  What parts of these narratives give us insight into the economy of the Atlantic slave trade?  What larger understanding about the economy of the Atlantic slave trade do we gain by reading these sources?

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