Slave Trade AuctionBy: Michael Thompson, Tyler Williams, Wyneke Lee, and Albert Insixiengmay
TypesThere were 2 main types of slave auctions:People that sold to the highest bidder, andGrab-and-Go auctions
Highest BidderSlaves would be brought from the pen, raised on aplatform (so the buyers could see them).When the slave ship docked, the slaves would be takenoff the ship and placed in a pen. Then, they coveredtheir skin in grease (or tar) to make them look morehealthySometimes they would be branded with a hot iron toidentify them as slaves
Grab-and-GoA trader gave a ticket to each slave they had bought.When they heard a drum roll, the door to the slavepen would open, and buyers would rush in, and grabthe salve(s) that they wantedIf buyers wanted to buy a slave on the day of theauction, they would agree to pay the trader to anagreed amount of money
ResourceHistory on, the net. "Black Peoples of America -The Slave Auction." http://www.historyonthenet.com/Slave_Trade/slave_auction.htm. History on the Net GroupWebsite Design, 2011. Web. 11 Mar 2011. <http://www.historyonthenet.com/Slave_Trade/slave_auction.htm>.