The Voyages Of The Slave Trade Voyages

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Other risks that affected the slave trade voyage, indirectly to investors while directly to the ship owner, captain and others aboard included natural disasters due to weather and navigation, attacks by pirates or competing trading countries, slave rebellions, and diseases as mentioned before. The weather and natural disasters is not widely cited as a great risk to these voyages. Nonetheless, it is imperative in the analysis if we are trying to capture a complete picture of the supply line of slaves to the colonies. At the very start of the trade in 1514, voyages only crossed the Southern Atlantic Ocean, but as the trade grew by 1650, and slaves started to be shipped to North America and some to Europe, as shown in figure 2, captains also had to face the rough conditions that came with sailing the northern Atlantic Ocean (Slave voyages, 2014) Figure 2. This table shows the destination of the voyages from the beginning of the trade, until it was abolished. Notice that slaves were not shipped farther north until later in the slave trade, starting with the British Caribbean and moving north. (Slaves Embarked Table, 2014) While crossing the Atlantic, fears of being attacked by pirates, or taken over by a Spanish ship were very real (Eltis et al., 2010). The reasons for such attacks are clear; the ships transported valuable goods (slaves, among other goods such as gold and ivory) and was very vulnerable in the middle of the ocean, with only a small crew aboard to defend it.
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