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The Triangular Trade, also known as the Transatlantic Slave Trade, was the trading of goods during the 16th-19th century between Europe, Africa, and the Americas.
- The trading system was a general exchange of manufactured goods, labour, and raw materials through shipments crossing the Atlantic. Graphically, the route forms a triangle.
- The kingdoms of Mali and Ghana in Africa practiced a sophisticated system of trading which attracted the European traders during the 15th century.
- The Triangular Trade had three stages: first, the ports of Liverpool, Bristol, and London served as trading points in Europe where the ships were loaded with manufactured goods such as rum, guns, and cloths. These goods were then transported to the Gold Coast in West Africa. Second, the goods were traded along with enslaved Africans who filled the slave ship. Slaves were either captured within their small villages or bought from the chiefs by the African traders. After walking for miles, they were densely packed inside the ship.
- The deaths of slaves were inevitable due to the poor conditions during the Middle Passage. The spread of diseases, starvation, and injuries caused the high death toll among the slaves while in transit going to the West Indies. Third, the slaves were sold through auctions and scrambles in the Americas. Rigid physical examination was a must in determining the value of each slave. Healthy slaves were sold at a higher price. Then, American traders filled the ship bound for England with raw materials such as cotton, tobacco, coffee, and sugar to complete the triangular trade.
- In 1789, the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano was published in England. He described the conditions during the middle passage, which gave way to the abolition of slave trading by the English Parliament in 1807.
- Slaves in the Americas were commonly placed in plantations due to the extensive demand for labour. In 1863, President Lincoln ended slavery.
Triangular Trade Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Triangular Trade Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about the Triangular Trade which was the trading of goods during the 16th-19th century between Europe, Africa, and the Americas.
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- Triangular Trade Facts
- Trade Mapping
- Famous from Africa
- Olaudah Equiano
- Port Finding
- At the Plantation
- Picture Analysis
- On Sale
- Watch and React
- Today in History
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