The African continent has always been full of diverse and thriving societies with rich histories and traditions. But slavery negatively affected every person and community that it touched. European enslavers came to Africa to buy humans. They captured at least 12.5 million Africans, often with the help of other Africans who were trying to make money from the trade in enslaved people. Nearly half of the people captured died on their way to the coast. And 15% died in The Middle Passage on the way to the Americas. Most arrived in the Caribbean, South America and Central America, where they were sold. One in four of these enslaved people were children.
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