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


The Atlantic slave trade was the selling of African people as slaves by Europeans that happened in and around the Atlantic Ocean. It lasted from the 15th century to the 19th century. Most of the enslaved people were shipped from West Africa and brought over to the America on slave ships. This was also called the Middle Passage.


Some enslaved people were captured in battles or through raids and kidnapping. Some were sold into slavery as punishment or to pay a debt, usually by other Africans. Then they were shackled together and marched to the coast on journeys lasting weeks or months. When they arrived they were imprisoned in forts where they were purchased by Europeans. Most historians today think that between 12 million and 13 million Africans arrived in the America.



Now you have read it twice, have a go at answering the following questions independently. Use the format that has been set up for you on Purple Mash. 


  1.  I - Where did the people come from who sold the slaves?
  2.  I  - How long did The Atlantic Slave Trade go for?
  3.  R - What is the journey from Africa to America called?
  4.  R - What 2 reasons were people sold into slavery?
  5.  I - Why do you think that they were shackled together?
  6.  R - How many Africans are believed to have arrived in America?


Home learners please could you submit your answers on Purple Mash.