The middle passage, which brought the slaves from west africa to the west indies, might take three weeks unfavorable weather conditions could make the trip much longer unfavorable weather conditions could make the trip much longer.
Just as horrifying as these death marches was the middle passage, as it was called -- the transport of slaves across the atlantic on the first leg of their trip, slave traders delivered goods. The slave ship was the means by which nearly 125 million enslaved africans were transported from africa to the americas between 1500 and 1866 leaving from its home port in europe, a typical ship made its first passage to the west coast of africa, trading goods for a full cargo of slaves—people.
The following passages describe the conditions of enslaved africans onboard slave ships during the middle passage, a journey from the west coast of africa across the atlantic ocean match the quote with the correct author. The middle passage of the triangle trade was the second leg of the three-part journey from africa to the european colonies, in which slaves were transported by the millions anywhere from 10%-15%.
The middle passage refers to the part of the trade where africans, densely packed onto ships, were transported across the atlantic to the west indies the voyage took three to four months and, during this time, the enslaved people mostly lay chained in rows on the floor of the hold or on shelves that ran around the inside of the ships' hulls.
The middle passage was the stage of the triangular trade in which millions of africans were shipped to the new world as part of the atlantic slave trade. Middle passage african canoes and european sailing vessels, corisco island, equatorial guinea, mid-19th century [drawings of western africa, university of virginia library, special collections, mss 14357, no 4] cross-section of slave ship, 1857 [the illustrated london news (sept 19, 1857), vol 31, p 284] africans packed into a slave ship, 1857.
Middle passage african canoes and european sailing vessels, corisco island, equatorial guinea, mid-19th century [drawings of western africa, university of virginia library, special collections, mss 14357, no 4] cross-section of slave ship, 1857. Africans who had made the middle passage to the plantations of the new world did not return to their homeland to tell what happened to those people who suddenly disappeared sometimes the captured africans were told by the white men on the ships that they were to work in the fields.