The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Uprooted Millions

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Uprooted Millions
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SNN Editor: This does not include the extermination of upwards of 100 million native Americans since the first arrival of the Europeans in the Americas.

400 years ago, in August 1619, the first ship with enslaved Africans destined for the United States arrived in what was then the colony of Virginia. But, as Statista’s Katharina Buchholz notes , the cruel history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade begins much earlier. In fact, many enslaved people lived in the English colonies in North America before that date. They came to the present-day U.S. via Spanish and Portuguese colonies, where enslaved Africans arrived as early as 1514, or were transferred as bounty from Spanish or Portuguese ships. The United States are heavily associated with slavery and the […]

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