Slave ships, large cargo ships specially converted for the purpose of transporting slaves, especially newly purchased African slaves to the Americas. As many as 20 million Africans were transported by ship. The transportation of slaves from Africa to America was known as the Middle Passage.-Spirits of the Passage
'Cash Crop' by Stephen Hayes Representing the 15 Million Africans who died en route to the Americas on the Middle Passage. 15 million. Never do you hear people mention that genocide. Some say 60 million souls were lost to the sea.
Traders from the Americas & Caribbean received the enslaved Africans. European powers such as Portugal, England, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden & Brandenburg, as well as traders from Brazil & N. A. took part in this trade. The enslaved Africans came mostly from 8 regions: Senegambia, Upper Guinea, Windward Coast, Gold Coast, Bight of Benin, Bight of Biafra, West Central Africa & SE Africa.