TIMELINE: The horrors of the slave trade through the centuries

It was the largest long-distance coerced movement of people in history. But how did it begin, and what led to its end?

MANY would dispute it, but the trans-Atlantic slave trade, which saw 10.7 million slaves arrive in the New World from Africa, mainly with the conniving of Africans themselves, was the beginning of African consciousness. (Read: 13 facts about slavery in Africa—for one European slaves were cheaper but Africans sold their own more readily)

We take a look at its development through hundreds of years. (Hover your mouse to the left or right of the image to scroll forwards or backwards.)

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