Slave traders on the coast of Africa load unwilling captives into boats for the first part of their journey to North America.

“The Middle Passage,” the name of this painting, refers to the middle leg of a three-part journey that took trading ships from Europe to Africa (carrying manufactured goods, such as guns, to be exchanged for slaves), then on to the Western Hemisphere (to deliver slaves to market) and back to Europe (with sugar, tobacco and other products from the New World).

The Charles L. Blocksgon Afro-American Historical Collection

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