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Read through the following text twice before trying to answer the questions.


After they had been taken from their homes, up to 700 villagers were forced onto huge ships. Many of them had never seen the sea before. They were chained together with little room to move. 


If they survived the middle passage, they were sold into slavery. People were separated from their friends and family. They were told to forget their earlier life and they were given a new name. On plantations, slaves worked for 14 hours or more each day. If they made a mistake, or if they tried to resist or fight back, they were beaten. As a result, many slaves rebelled. Some even gained freedom and fought for the end of slavery.



Now you have read it twice, have a go at answering the following questions independently.


  1. How many villagers were put onto a ship?
  2. Along with not having much room, what else did the villages have to deal with on the ship?
  3. Did all the villagers survive being on the ship? How do you know?
  4. Why do you think that they were given new names?
  5. How long did they have to work in a day?
  6. What was they punishment the slaves were given?


Home learners please could you take a photo of your answered questions and email it to Mr Hindman on Purple Mash.