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VIDEO COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

1. How did slave ships fuel the transatlantic slave trade?

2. Who lead a successful slave mutiny aboard the Spanish slaver, La Amistad?

3. What was the “middle passage,” and how long did it take the average ship to make the trip?

4. What were the three major items used by European traders as payment for slaves?

5. How did European factors participate in the transatlantic slave trade?

6. What were the components of the “triangle of trade”?

7. What was the significance of the United States Supreme Court decision regarding the Amistad Affair?

8. What was the fate of the Amistad Africans?

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Slave Ship
VIDEO COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

1. How did slave ships fuel the transatlantic slave trade?

Slave ships made roughly 39,000 voyages from Africa to the Americas. They were instrumental to the birth of commerce and wealth in the new world.



2. Who lead a successful slave mutiny aboard the Spanish slaver, La Amistad?

Sengbe Pieh (Joseph Cinque) lead the successful slave mutiny aboard the Spanish slaver, La Amistad.



3. What was the “middle passage,” and how long did it take the average ship to make the trip?

The “middle passage” was the route followed by the slave ships across the Atlantic to the Americas. A typical slave ship could make the trip in 5 to 12 weeks.



4. What were the three major items used by European traders as payment for slaves?

Gunpowder, brandy and seashells were the three major items used by European traders as payment for slaves.



5. How did European factors participate in the transatlantic slave trade?

The European factors worked the coast of Africa. They would act as middlemen or exchange merchants who arranged to buy slaves in exchange for other goods.



6. What were the components of the “triangle of trade”?

The “triangle of trade” was the term used to describe the commerce route traveled by slave ships. A ship would leave Europe with manufactured trade goods, bound for the western coast of Africa. The goods would then be traded for slaves in Africa, and these slaves were then transported to the Caribbean and the Americas for sale.



7. What was the significance of the United States Supreme Court decision regarding the Amistad Affair?

The Amistad decision was significant because “for the first time in history, the United States courts recognized Africans not as property, but as free human beings.”



8. What was the fate of the Amistad Africans?

34 survivors of the 53 Amistad Africans were returned by Cinque to Sierra Leone in western Africa in January 1842, almost two years after the mutiny.



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