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Before the slave trade started, slaves worked for the Caribbean owners for their plantations. The Caribbean owners treated slaves like they were cows, and not humans like themselves. “One English Gentlemen commented that slaves were like cows, “as hear as beasts may be, setting their soul aside” (486). The slave trade began in the mid fifteen century, the owners started to ship slaves from and to Europe, North and East Africa, around the red sea and more locations to come. The Islamic trade started capturing salves and removing them from their homes for enslavement in the Muslim lands. When it came to European slavers they had more interest in traditional African practices of Pawn ship, “The use of humans “pawn” to secure European commodities in advance of the delivery of slaves” (488). If a trailer failed to deliver his slaves as he said her would, whichever slaves the trailer pawned was getting sold, because he didn’t meet the standards and commit to his promise. There is a method called Ekpe, which is held by a secret male society that enforces payments of promised slave deliveries also. After a while Ekpe became more powerful, and supplying the slave trade in the port of Old Calabar. Now that slave trading has been going on for a while, around the African coast side there was a great amount slaves deaths because of the hostage in vast camps holds diseases and hunger were rampant. The slaves were forced to be in a cramped and crowded area among other slaves that might have contagious diseases and be in weak conditions in the transfer ships.” Most died of gastrointestinal diseases leading to dehydration. Smallpox and dysentery were also scourges.” (488) as they waited for weeks until the ship was filled up before they started sailing. On the journey and before the ship sailed many slaves died, the crew members tossed tons of dead slave bodies into the sea...

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