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Ebi Victoria Hannah Elyse Amy Hannah

Akhilomen Bentley Biggs Herbert Jaiteh Wheddon





Layout of ship

Hello and welcome to our presentation on slavery. In our PowerPoint we are going to be focusing from the moment slaves are captured from their homes right to when they’re auctioned of to their masters. We hope you learn a lot from this and can really feel what the slaves did on their at these times. We are particularly focusing on the life of a young girl from when she was captured as a young girl, through the middle passage to her auctions.


What did Britain get out of the slave trade

They are three stages of the trade triangle. In the first of these stage, ships travel from Britain to Africa with musket, brass rods and cutlery. In the 2nd stage this is then exchanged for the slaves and in the 3rd stage the slaves are sold in exchange for sugar, spices, rum, tobacco and coffee

Slaves were exchanged for many things as is shown in this diagram. The slaves at first didn’t get to England but where sold in the West Indies to work on the plantations producing this goods that Britain wants


We have chosen to use these maps in our exhibit as they show how and where the slaves where moved during the long journeys. As I was saying. This whole slave trade thing was done for the greed of may and this maps clearly illustrate the movements of the slave trade as also as importantly the need for it

How she was captured

General Conditions

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slaves in Africa was never a big deal and prisoners of war often serve the purpose. When the slave trade started budding, African chief often sold their own slaves to the Europeans. When the need for more slaves started to grow; African traders often kidnapped young or vulnerable persons and sold them. Some people also sold themselves into slavery hoping for a better life.

Conditions on board the ship

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of the ship  Living conditions  Punishment;/rebellions

Here, the amount of space that the slaves had aboard the ship really hits you like a ton of bricks. You can see that the people who designed where the slaves would be had no consideration for them. But, this is only one way that that the slaves travelled as there were two ways for the people to lay out the ships. One way that they could choose was to give the slaves more space. But the people did not do this for the slaves benefit. They only used this way so that there was a less likely chance of fewer slaves catching diseases and then more slaves dying. This source shows the type of layout where all of the slaves were just crammed together. Although this meant if one had a disease then loads others would catch it, the people were more interested in having more slaves to sell and not worrying about more catching diseases. Which way do you think was the best to travel for the slaves? What about for the people who ran the slave trade?

This is the only picture we used, we think that it really show s how the slaves were placed. Even if it isn't a primary source it is still useful

The conditions on slave ships were despicable. The slave traders and buyers all thought of the slaves as animals so didn’t care about the conditions they lived on the 3 month journey. The slaves were made to sitting their own dirt and blood and the journey often made the slaves sea sick so they were also sitting in amongst their own sick.

The traders just thought of the slaves as cargo. The slaves were squashed into tiny spaces, because the more slaves on the ship the more money could be made. The slaves were either tightly packed , as mentioned above, or , to stop spread of disease they were spread out more so that more slaves survived the journey because the risk with tight packing was that more slaves died during the duration of the journey.

When the slaves arrived at the end of the journey they were scrubbed extremely hard to remove layers of skin to make them look healthier. Hannah

We chose this source as it explains very clearly, the disgusting, filthy conditions they kept them in and although this is quite exaggerated it makes you kind of understand the extent to the slaves suffering. This source with only a few descriptive words and a comparison has managed to make the reader understand

This lies in very closely with the layout of the ship in that they were packed until no more could humanly fit in them. It is real life account and so you kind of understand the layout and the intent of the slave traders and ship owners. We chose this because it ties it quite well with the picture of the Zong ship.

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Whipping the slave so much on their back, it formed deep long bloody gashes. These were called trees.  2. When the slave tried to run away, or stand up against the master, or plan an uprising, the master would beat severely beat or kill the slave in front of the others, as an example and warning.  3. Another was dismemberment of the body. If a slave ran away, a leg or foot might be cut of. Or if the slave was eavesdropping, and ear would be cut off.

Very few, if any, African-Americans accepted their status as slaves. Most, if not all, slave-owners were completely aware of this and, in general, they lived in fear of the African-Americans under the control. Not only did slave-owners expect slaves to run away, letters and diaries give strong evidence that slave-owners (and even non-slave-owners) in the south believed that rebellion was imminent. They had lived with this fear since 1792 when the Haitian Revolution proved unambiguously that slaves were ready to revolt and could do so with a passion that was awe-inspiring. Added to this mix was the fiery rhetoric of abolitionists, both black and white. The most frightening, to the slave-owners, of these abolitionists was Henry Highland Garnet who had escaped from slavery at the age of ten. In 1843 he called for a slave strike and suggested that it escalate to a slave revolt. By this point, the south had been rocked by three slave revolts which had struck fear to the very hearts of slave-owners.

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is a very descriptive factual source and no opinion is used. In a way this makes it more reliable as bias is less likely. This report is also by an unknown visitor so we assume no bias is used.


At a slave auction, the slaves were treated like animals. People pulled back their lips to look at their teeth, peering into their eyes, prodding them in the back and the stomach. Some even examined their sexual organs. Many slaves were separated from relatives or shipboard friends who had been sold to different owners. Some slaves were branded with their owners mark and a most were forced to take on new English names. Many of the slaves died in their first few years of work, and some became very ill. They were treated like goods and advertised as so.


Thank you for watching our presentation. We hope it has been entertaining and useful. We have found researching this topic very interesting and we can really feel for the slaves and what they had to go through.


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