Images: From the Barracoon to the Middle Passage

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The Middle Passage

Rugendas, Johann Moritz, Voyage pittoresque dans le Brésil. (created 1835)

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Photographs and Prints Division

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The Middle Passage

At the outset of the illegal period, owners used smaller, faster vessels than previously, and they increased the number of captives per ton. After 1850 much larger vessels came into use and the people per ton ratio fell once more. Shipboard mortality increased in the illegal phase of the traffic.

  1. View All Images
  2. Introduction
  3. The Economics of the Illegal Slave Trade
  4. Changes in Regions of Provenance
  5. A Shift in Ethnicities
  6. Changes in the Trading Centers
  7. From the Barracoon to the Middle Passage
  8. A New Demography
  9. No Longer a Triangular Trade
  10. The Impact of the Suppression
  11. Bibliography

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