- Jan 2011
- South of the barcodes
You keep bringing out these figures that have no basis in reality.Let use common sense. It took six months to get from Africa to Americans. Most ships could only carry 150 people. Have of which died. They said 12.5 million African were sold. Do the math. Doesn't add up. Look at record it just doesn't add up.
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Sailing time from Angola to Brazil is about 30 days, to the Caribbean is about 40 days and to North America about 60 days, thats part of the reason why 90% of slaves went to South America and the Caribbean and why south Americans were so casual about mortality rates compared to the USA, because dead slaves could be replaced far more easily.
The only way a voyage would take three months is if you had been becalmed or hit very bad storms and been blown off course.
A ship of about 350 tonnes could carry about 450 people, although owners with any sense would limit the actual numbers to 350, it meant less expense in buying slaves from the African slave states and more space allowed greater survival rates and greater profit.
If you do any reading about slavery you will zee the diagrame of the Brookes, a slave ship that was supposed to be restricted to carrying 454people and had in one incident carried 609 in appalling conditions.
The Brookes was an outlier, conditions were so bad it disgusted even the slave traders but it gives you some idea on the transport capacity of the time.