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photoblog image Slave Trade Series: Room of Memories

Slave Trade Series: Room of Memories

In this room slaves were branded. In this room the the Peace treaty was signed.

The volume of the slave trade in West Africa grew rapidly from its inception around 1500 to its peak in the eighteenth century. Philip Curtin, a leading authority on the African slave trade, estimates that roughly 6.3 million slaves were shipped from West Africa to North America and South America, about 4.5 million of that number between 1701 and 1810. Perhaps 5,000 a year were shipped from the Gold Coast alone. The demographic impact of the slave trade on West Africa was probably substantially greater than the number actually enslaved because a significant number of Africans perished during slaving raids or while in captivity awaiting transshipment.

The importation of slaves into the United States was outlawed in 1807. In the same year, Britain used its naval power and its diplomatic muscle to outlaw trade in slaves by its citizens and to begin a campaign to stop the international trade in slaves. These efforts, however, were not successful until the 1860s because of the continued demand for plantation labor in the New World.

www.ghana.co.uk/history/history/slave_trade.htm

Slave Trade Series: Room of Memories

In this room slaves were branded. In this room the the Peace treaty was signed.

The volume of the slave trade in West Africa grew rapidly from its inception around 1500 to its peak in the eighteenth century. Philip Curtin, a leading authority on the African slave trade, estimates that roughly 6.3 million slaves were shipped from West Africa to North America and South America, about 4.5 million of that number between 1701 and 1810. Perhaps 5,000 a year were shipped from the Gold Coast alone. The demographic impact of the slave trade on West Africa was probably substantially greater than the number actually enslaved because a significant number of Africans perished during slaving raids or while in captivity awaiting transshipment.

The importation of slaves into the United States was outlawed in 1807. In the same year, Britain used its naval power and its diplomatic muscle to outlaw trade in slaves by its citizens and to begin a campaign to stop the international trade in slaves. These efforts, however, were not successful until the 1860s because of the continued demand for plantation labor in the New World.

www.ghana.co.uk/history/history/slave_trade.htm

comments (4)

terrific capture. i particularly like the light coming in from the windows contrasted with the shadows of the walls. so completely ironic that the treaty was signed in the same room where they branded slaves.

i have really enjoyed this series. it is increadibly powerful and an important reminder that we, as a global community, must work diligently to eradicate slavery once and for all.
  • Idefix
  • Germany
  • 30 Jul 2006, 11:22
love the colours and the light, don't they work well together !!! Interesting background info as always. Leads the thoughts to the strange way something as "neutral" as a room can be the stage on which very significant things, good and bad, happen. Very well captured
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 31 Jul 2006, 19:33
This shot is superbly done. I only wish the subject was not so tragic. But it is a historical fact, no matter how horrible, and we all must remember these things. You have done well to remind us.
  • noni
  • United States
  • 6 Aug 2006, 02:23
good job capturing depth and angles in the room, even the doors into the distance. very appropriate for the subject matter.

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