Sweet History landmark (photo)

3 Journeys of the Triangular Trade

Journey 1

Ships sail from Britain and Europe carrying goods like cloth, guns, ammunition, metal goods, glassware, luxury goods and alcohol to trade with Africa for slaves.

Journey 2

African slaves and commodities were then taken from their country to be sold in America and the Caribbean. They suffered horrendous long journeys by boat whilst being chained and unable to move around freely – this is known as the middle passage.

Journey 3

Finally the ships returned from America and the Caribbean carrying sugar, rum, tobacco, cotton and other goods that had been grown or manufactured on plantations where the enslaved Africans were forced to work.

The boats were never empty and carried three different cargoes on each leg of the journey so their owners could make more money. This triangular trade linked the world economically and so slavery became a global business.

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