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The "Middle Passage" was the journey of slave trading ships from the west coast of Africa, where the slaves were obtained, across the Atlantic, where they were sold or, in some cases, traded for goods such as molasses, which was used in the making of rum. However, this voyage has come to be remembered for much more than simply the transport and sale of slaves.



The Middle Passage was the longest, hardest, most dangerous, and also most horrific part of the journey of the slave ships. With extremely tightly packed loads of human cargo that stank and carried both infectious disease and death, the ships would travel east to west across the Atlantic on a miserable voyage lasting at least five weeks, and sometimes as long as three months. Although incredibly profitable for both its participants and their investing backers, the terrible Middle Passage has come to represent the ultimate in human misery and suffering. The abominable and inhuman conditions which the Africans were faced with on their voyage clearly display the great evil of the slave trade. -- http://beatl.barnard.columbia.edu/students/his3487/lembrich/seminar5.html

According to Dr. John Henrik Clarke ["A Great and Mighty Walk"] the Pope gave his blessing to Spain and Portegal and the slave trade began. --http://www.houseofnubian.com/IBS/SimpleCat/Product/asp/hierarchy/0C07/product-id/604225.html

England--joined in this legacy of sin against humanity and hence the 'Transatlantic Slave Trade' was borne. http://www.mariner.org/captivepassage/introduction/

Always Remember that: "Anytime We As A People Are Not Having Our WaySomeone Else Is Having Theirs...And It's Never To Our Advantage."

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The middle passage is definite a lesson that needs to be examined more I believe with an 'earthly' approach. Look what has arrived from Africa in the Americas and why did that survive while everything else just went to the wayside in terms of African cultures. I am not only talking about music the arts etc. Those clues told me that we had some very unique ways at approaching life and its meaning. This has my imagination spinning in every direction. It's original.

Good post.
Unique we are...so much so that Europe is a civilization as a result of African mindset and not the other way around...!

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