The Triangle Trade, also known as the triangular trade, is the name given to a system of trade that occurred during the colonial era in American History. New Englanders traded extensively, exporting many commodities such as fish, whale oil, furs, and rum. However, one distinct route that formed was the triangular trade. This pattern occurred as follows:
- New Englanders manufactured and shipped rum to the west coast of Africa in exchange for slaves.
- The slaves were taken on the “Middle Passage” to the West Indies where they were sold for molasses and money.
- The molasses would be sent to New England to make rum and start the entire system of trade all over again.
Task : Check this interactive map and Find out:
1. What goods were transported to Africa from Europe?
2. Who organised the slave trade in Africa?
3. Why did many slaves not reach the plantations alive?
4. What goods were taken back to Liverpool and Bristol?
5. How important was this trade for these towns?
6. How many Africans were transferred to America as a result of the triangular trade?
7. Find a source to support any of your answers. leave the link and explain it.
This is a primary source and it shows that when slaves arrived in America, they were sold at an auction. The white masters who paid more for them could take them to their plantations to work.
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