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After being captured, the slaves endured a long walk from their villages to the coast where the forts were built. There those that survived the walk, called the 'Death March' because it was so strenuous, were packed into small dirt-floored shacks known as baracoons which held 30 to 50 Africans within a 10 by 15 ft floorspace covered with vomit, urine, feces and blood. Day and night the temperature within the cell was well over 90 degrees. Dehydration through diarrhea, vomiting and sweating was a common form of death.
Here Africans were also branded with hot irons. In such unsanitary conditions, the burns often became infected inducing fevers or gangrene. These hapless victims were clubbed, whipped or shot to death as a warning to other Africans to remain in good health.
This room in the picture was for the condemned. Slaves who misbehaved or resisted capture or tried to kill themselves would be put here to starve to death. The only light in this room came from the door. A mass burial would take place only after the last slave to be put in had died.
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