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Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (CEC)

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Bound for Distant Shores

Over the course of 110 year, some 12,000,000 enslaved people left African shores bound, for the most part, for the Americas.  Of these bound for non-Arab destinations, the majority went to Latin America or the Caribbean.  British North America accounted for fewer than 500,000.  While most slaves in American tropics and Brazil worked in large agricultural enterprises, these applications were more the exception than the rule in the British colonies.  Men and women worked the fields in the American South, and natural increase quickly brought the number of males to females to near parity, unlike slavery in other parts of the Americas.