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.
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