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Captive Passage The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas
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Legacy: Building New Nations

From the transatlantic slave trade have grown vital and important legacies to the culture of the twenty-first century Americas. For more than 400 years, Africans and their descendants contributed the labor that was key to the development of the Americas. The emergence of the New World in the international economy--one of the most important events in modern history--was based on the coercion of slavery. Slaves labored on farms and plantations, creating wealth and power for their owners. They worked as skilled craftsmen, ironworkers, carpenters, dressmakers, cooks, and housekeepers. American economies and institutions thrived on their toil and ingenuity.

The forced migration of millions of nameless Africans left a permanent imprint on both the Old World and the New. When the time came to fight for freedom, these captives did so by the hundreds of thousands. The lessons learned from a people sustained by the hope of freedom remain a powerful legacy even today.

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