The Middle Passage of Transatlantic Slave Trade

The Middle Passage refers to the stage of the transatlantic slave trade where enslaved Africans were transported across the Atlantic Ocean from West and Central Africa to the Americas.

The voyage was called the “Middle Passage” because it was the middle leg of a three-part journey, with the other two legs being the journey from Africa to the slave-trading ports and the journey from the Americas to the final destinations of the enslaved Africans.

The Middle Passage was characterized by horrific conditions on the slave ships, where enslaved Africans were packed tightly together below deck, often with no room to move, and subjected to disease, starvation, and abuse.

It was a traumatic experience that had a profound impact on the lives and cultural heritage of African descendants in the Americas.

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