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What was the Atlantic Slave trade?

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March 25, 2013 10:43AM

The Atlantic Slave trade was also known as the Triangular trade because it was acontinuous loop, or should i say triangle. It started in Europe where slave traders or merchants would have manufactured goods and rum on board of their ship, they would then go on one leg of the journey to Africa. They would trick and trade African tribe leaders to hand over their people to be sold into slavery. The slaves were then cramped tightly into a boat, many died on this leg of the journey. They then sold the Africans into America and New Spain. Then take the final leg of the journey back to Europe where they had manufactures goods and bills of exchange which they took to Europe and trade for trinkets,manufacturedgoods and rum to start the triangle again and go and trade for slaves.