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When you think of the African slave trade do you realize that over 10 million people were removed fromthat continent in less than 500 years Some scholars believe it may be as large a number as 20 million1I would like to pose a few questions and attempt to answer them in this collection of writings andopinions The evidence and historical documents will show some of the economic and social impacts theSlave Trade had on the African continent The first thing that needs to be established is just how many slaves were brought to the Americas Thishas proven to be quite difficult at best There have been many scholars debate just this subject alone Asyou will see many well known scholars have problems justifying their own estimations or guesses A quick study of Philip D Curtins work From Guesses to Calculations Shows his writings are acompilation of bits-n-pieces of information from previously thought of unimportant publishings His solepurpose was to try to determine a more accurate account of the number of people brought over fromwhat parts of Africa and to what final location He goes on to make it clear his findings should not beconstrued as being accurate or to be relied upon with any degree of certainty but rather an accuracyIt should also be understood that some estimates would not even reach that standard of accuracy Theyare given as the most probable figures at the present state of knowledge These considerations havemade it convenient to round out most quantities to the nearest one hundred including data taken fromBy the following chart you can see clearly the late eighteenth century was the apex of the slave trade asdescribed by Philip Curtin You can clearly see that over 60 of all slaves delivered to the New Worldwere brought over between 1721-1820 Eighty per cent of the total were landed during a century and ahalf 1701-1850 2 I suppose one could find a similar spike in the sugar
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