What is a triangular slave trade

The slave trade

Lesson plans by Matt Campbell

In all of American history, no institution has divided the country more than slavery. Many of the American founders were slave owners, despite being a symbol of democracy and independence to the world. Understanding the institution of slavery is vital to the study of American history as it plays an important role in the economy, society, and political systems of America. From the first colony of Jamestown to the ratification of the 13th Amendment, America's reliance on slave labor remained a controversial issue and deeply damaged America's past.

Student Activities for The Slave Trade

The Atlantic slave trade

The institution of slavery has existed for thousands of years; Most large societies were dependent on slaves. Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, China, and Japan are just a few places where slavery was once legal. When European explorers discovered new lands in the 15th century, they gathered treasures in the form of spices, minerals, goods and people. Some Europeans considered themselves superior to other peoples and put others in bondage, especially in manual labor. Plantation owners were able to get extremely rich without paying their workers. As the demand for slave labor increased over the years in the New World, the slave trade exploded. Capturing, buying, and selling slaves became a thriving business.

In this lesson, students explore the slave trade, one of the most important institutions in American history. You will develop an understanding of how the slave trade affected America from its inception until after the Civil War. Students create storyboards to help them understand the role of the triangular trade, analyze the experience of slave ships in the Middle Passage, and relate the individual effects of slavery to the broader context of American history.

Basic questions for the Atlantic slave trade

  1. What was the triangular trade?
  2. What was the middle passage?
  3. What kind of treatment did slaves receive?
  4. How has the Atlantic slave trade affected American history? American society?

For more lesson plans and activities like this, check out our History category!

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