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  1. Historical record of contact between Europeans and the peoples who would later be referred to as ?Africans? date back as early as the 1100's.
  2. The European travelers started amassing African slaves at the same time they were first landing in the Americas.
  3. Although the Europeans views of African citizens varied, Davidson found that all Europeans ?supposed no natural inferiority in Africans, no inherent failure to develop and mature? in the 1500's.
  4. It is difficult to say when and why the European perception of the African changed, but it was at about this point.
  5. The captives were chained together, leg across leg, and by the neck into groups of four.
  6. In all of the heinous situations and deadly afflictions, the most common cause for death upon the slave ships was a simple lack of water.
  7. Of the approximated fifteen thousand slaves in Great Britain, most took this news to be the end of slavery. Escapes and revolts occurred left and right during this time
  8. Looking back, it seems easy to recognize the points were the slave system became perverted and escalated to phenomenal heights.

One of humanities most shameful and horrific periods, is the time of the transatlantic slave trade. This system of transporting human captives and agricultural goods to Europe and the Americas started on a small scale, and rapidly grew to catastrophic proportions. Originally, the slaves were transported on small vessels, and taken by the same people who would act as the owner. But, the demand for labor in the European Colonies grew. Such high demands for slaves caused greater amounts of Africans to be captured and called for a more major mode of transportation. Thus equals the birth of the slave ships. Slave ships are unanimously regarded as mortifyingly inhumane vessels. The captains of such ships had complete freedom to commit the most horrific acts to the Africans and subject them to the most vial situations, because the Africans had no one to defend them or their rights. Many lives were lost due to disease and neglect during the voyages alone. Eventually, this crime against humanity was recognized as such; at least by some.

[...] This act gave all of the slaves in the British Empire their freedom, and put into effect an initiative for the government to compensate the slave owners monetarily (Spartacus Abolition). The British, who had controlled and pirated over 53% of the total Slave Trade, were now detached from any cause for involvement. It is almost hard to believe that this time in human history ever existed. Looking back, it seems easy to recognize the points were the slave system became perverted and escalated to phenomenal heights. [...]

[...] During this speech, Grenville agued that the practice was ?contrary to the principles of justice, humanity and sound policy,? he argued that the trade should have been abolished a long time ago (Spartacus Abolition). Afterwards there was another vote on the bill, which passed in the House of Common 114 to 15, and in the House of Lords 41 to 20. Unfortunately, this bill abolished British participation in the slave trade, but did not end it. The trade was still happening. [...]

[...] Zamba Zembola recalls in his autobiography an early time of the slave trade when the ships were not yet built specifically for human cargo. Zembola writes; After being about 15 days out to sea a heavy squall struck the ship. The poor slaves below, altogether unprepared for such an occurrence, were mostly thrown to the side, where they lay heaped on the top of each other; their fetters rendered many of them helpless, and before they could be arranged in their proper places, and relieved from their pressure on each other, it was found that 15 of them were smothered or crushed to death. [...]

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