European and African Slave Trade<br />Began in the 1500s to fill the need for labor in Spain’s American Empire.<br />Thousands of slaves traded yearly<br />Traders relied on African rulers and traders to capture Africans and sell on the coast. <br />
Merchant ships brought goods to Africa to be traded for slaves<br />Triangular Trade<br />Middle Passage, slaves transported to the West Indies. They were traded for sugar, molasses and other products.<br />Products from West Indies were shipped to Europe or Colonies in America.<br />
Impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade<br />Estimated 2,000 Africans sent to the Americas in 1500’s<br />1780’s had estimated 80,000 a year<br />By the 1800’s estimated 11 million reached the Americas.<br />Estimated 2 million died on the voyage <br />
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