Ama, A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade

by Manu Herbstein


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    How Many Slaves Landed in the U.S.?
    by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Originally posted on The Root

    To quote:

    Perhaps you, like me, were raised essentially to think of the slave experience primarily in terms of our black ancestors here in the United States. In other words, slavery was primarily about us, right … Well, think again.

    The most comprehensive analysis of shipping records over the course of the slave trade is the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, edited by professors David Eltis and David Richardson. (While the editors are careful to say that all of their figures are estimates, I believe that they are the best estimates that we have, the proverbial “gold standard” in the field of the study of the slave trade.) Between 1525 and 1866, in the entire history of the slave trade to the New World, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World. 10.7 million survived the dreaded Middle Passage, disembarking in North America, the Caribbean, and South America.

    And how many of these 10.7 million Africans were shipped directly to North America? Only about 388,000. That’s right: a tiny percentage.
    That is 3.6%. Muslims and Africans sold blacks into slavery, an evil economic institution.

    Yet Muslims enslaved 2-3 million white Europeans and many times more blacks. They acted as middlemen between black slavers in Africa selling millions to slavers in the New World.

    Again 96.4% of black slaves went the Latin America and the Caribbean, not the U.S.

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