The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes
315 years. 20,528 voyages. Millions of lives.

Kahn, Andrew and Bouie, Jamelle
Date Written:  2015-06-25
Year Published:  2015
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20449

Usually, when we say "American slavery" or the "American slave trade," we mean the American colonies or, later, the United States. But North America was a bit player. From the trade's beginning in the 16th century to its conclusion in the 19th, slave merchants brought the vast majority of enslaved Africans to two places: the Caribbean and Brazil. Of the more than 10 million enslaved Africans to eventually reach the Western Hemisphere, just 388,747 -- less than 4 percent of the total -- came to North America.

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