The slave trade is called the "Maafa" by some african-American Historians. This word means"disaster".
Britain took part in the slave trade for over 200 years.
The slave trade began with Portugese and some Spanish slave traders, who took african slaves to the American colonies that they had conquered in the 15th century.
The British soldiers became invloved in the trade in the 16th century.
The Treaty of Utrecht (1713) gave British sailors the right to sell slaves in the Spanish empire.
In the 18th century, perhaps 6 million Africans were taken to the Americas as slaves, at least a third of them were British ships.
This is the slave trade triangle!
For the British slave traders it was a three-legged journey, called the 'triangular trade'.
1. Ships left London, Bristol and Liverpool for Africa. These ships were loaded with textiles which were made in Lancashire, muskets, brass rods and cutlry which was made in Birmingham. Copper rods, and bronze rings that were made in Glamorgan, Bristol, Warrington, St Helens and Flintshire. The cargoes also included goods like gun powder, felt hats, silk pieces, sailcloth, green glass, beads, candles, sugartobacco and beer that was brewed by Samuel…