ABSTRACT

He then described the carrying trade, where 600 persons had been linked together so close, that no one could pass them without treading on them : where the supply of water was so deficient, that they frequently gasped for life from thirst : and the air so close, that they were often suffocated by its corruption. H e stated, that the slaves had little to eat, and that little was unfit for human food. They were flogged into dancing, and again flogged i f they complained. The mortality on board ship was great : and it continued some time after they landed: so that not above half the negroes embarked in Africa survived, to share the miseries of slavery in a foreign land; and among the crews of the slave vessels, the mortality was so great, that they generally lost a third in each voyage.