Images: Armed Struggle in Africa and in the Middle Passage

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Uprising on a Ship

Carl Bernhard Wadstrom, An Essay on Colonization, Particularly Applied to the Western Coast of Africa, London, Printed for the author by Darton and Harvey, 1794

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Uprising on a Ship

More than 420 revolts on board ships have been documented. Perhaps as many as 10 percent of the slave ships experienced an insurrection. Resistance added costs to the trade and it is estimated that he men and women who resisted transportation saved the lives of an estimated one million people.