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Professor Lisa Lindsay
21 April 2015
The Real Horrors of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
In the 1960s, Scholar Philip Curtin analyzed the 1999 Atlantic Slave Trade Database and
discovered that although 12.5 million captives departed from Africa during the transatlantic slave
trade, only 10.7 million arrived in the Americas.
The finding of these troubling statistics gave
rise to more questions than it did answers; what happened to the millions of slaves who did not
make it to their projected destinations?
Most, if not all, of these unaccounted-for captives passed
away while aboard European slave ships during the heinously immoral Middle Passage.
Although the American school system teaches that the Middle Passage fostered a culture of
severe mistreatment, class lessons rarely address the depth and scope of the misery experienced
by these millions of Africans in its entirety.
Accounts such as that of former captive Mohammah
Gardo Baquaqua detail how the transatlantic slave trade completely altered the course of their
lives and scarred them in far more ways than just physically.
These African victims, ripped away
from their homeland and catapulted into perpetual suffering and confusion aboard European
slave ships, experienced the unequivocal loss of faith and unwavering despair, intense bodily and
psychological harm, and an incomparable loss of identity and belonging.
According to author and historian Adam Kendler, the complete decimation the slaves’
human spirit and loss of hope exist as the most recurring themes throughout nearly all accounts
of the horrific Middle Passage.
He cited numerous European abolitionist pamphlets and
mentioned one in particular, which stated, "Picture to thyself a scene in which, in this narrow