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Captive Passage The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas
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Arrival: Life in the AmericasPreference for AfricansThe Slave Markets
European RewardsSlave Populations in the AmericasThe Ships Return to EuropeEconomics
Sugar IntroductionSlavery in North AmericaReligionSilver Mines of South America

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Kim Gove
Anna Holloway
Julia Hotton
Anne Marie Millar
Tracey Neikirk
David Rieger
Rhonda Todd
Barbara Wright
Randy Wyatt

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Joan Allison
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Arrival: Life in the Americas

Crudelitas Petride Calyceerga Indos
Whole World

Once arrived in the Americas, most Africans were sold several times before reaching their final destination, often hundreds of miles away. The majority ended up on plantations, particularly in the Caribbean. Large numbers also worked in mines, in towns, and in the countryside. Many had been skilled craft workers in Africa and were put to work as carpenters, metalworkers, watch smiths, gun makers, coopers, and sailors. As slave owners established households, women were brought in from the fields to take on duties as servants, nurses, dressmakers, and cooks.

Crudelitas Petride Calyceerga Indos
View of the Port Antonio in the Parish of Portland, Jamaica

Slaves also changed the landscape. They cleared forests, shaped fields, constructed roads and buildings, and dug canals. They created the environment--and the wealth--that allowed their owners and their families to flourish.

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