The history of slavery and the slave trade, ancient and modern.
Decks of a slave ship.
At first, this might look like any other sailing ship, but a sad secret is held in its cargo. Ships like this one were used to transport slaves to America. Over a period of four hundred years, more than 10 million African people were forced into slavery. These people were sold to the Europeans for guns, horses, foods, and household goods. They were brought on ships like this one to America to work as free laborers. The conditions on the ships were inhumane. The slaves were packed in tightly with no bathrooms and very little food and water. Because of this, disease spread quickly and many people died. Slavery became illegal in the United States after the Civil War, but it did not disappear. Slavery was widespread in Central and South America for many years, and although, it is illegal, slavery still exists in many countries today. Prejudice, hatred, and racism are unfortunate side effects of a practice like slavery that continue today and create many issues among people of different backgrounds and races.