Human Rights And Slavery: The Transatlantic Slave Trade

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The Transatlantic slave trade can be said to one of the darkest moments in the history of the world. This dark moment went against everything the Universal Declaration of Human rights stands for in today’s society. Human Rights is defined as a set of principles, which describes standards of human behaviour that are protected as legal rights in municipal and international law. ((UN General Assembly, 1948). The enslavement done by the Europeans was a crime against humanity. Millions of Africans were treated as objects and this form of slavery is called chattel slavery. Chattel slavery involves possession of something or in this case, someone. When one hears, the horrific stories that unfolded during the 15th century, after the Portuguese began…show more content…
Slave trade was not an uncommon thing during the transatlantic slave period. Many of the Europeans found it acceptable to enslave their own work on other people. In this case they found it easier enslaving Africans to do the work they were perfectly capable of doing. There are many different reason as to why it was acceptable and the one that stood out was based on the Bible. The Bible stated slavery was an institution of God. “Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property” (Leviticus 25:44-45). Some who were against it saw these Africans just as people like…show more content…
Not only did millions die on the voyage but millions died from being imprisoned in horrible dungeons while waiting to either board another ship or to be sold. The ships were over packed which meant more profit for the European merchants. Slaves were chained down and not given any room to move, they were placed under the deck, confide like prison. The slaves were malnourished, and this led to an outbreak of disease. During their long voyage, they were not called humans, some captains referred to the Africans as cattle they were simply carrying. If any slave did not survive the voyage, they were simply thrown overboard. The slaves were seen rather as cargo, the Europeans had no regard for their basic human

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