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The Middle Passage

 
 
The Middle Passage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2016
1. The Middle Passage Marker
Inscription. If the Atlantic were to dry up, it would reveal a scattered pathway of human bones, African bones marking the various routes of the Middle Passage.
-Dr. John Henrik Clarke (1915-1998)

From 1502 to 1860, the trans-Atlantic slave trade brought over 10 million Africans to North and South America. For the persons enslaved, this journey began with capture in the African interior, followed by transport to the coast, sale to slave traders, and an ocean voyage packed in a ship’s hold. The Middle Passage, as it came to be called, proved a brutal ordeal. An estimated one and one half million persons died along its various routes, their bodies committed to the ocean.

The first Africans brought to Virginia landed at Point Comfort n 1619, ten years after the Jamestown Colony had been established. Between then and 1808, when the U.S. government banned further importation of African slaves, hundreds of ships brought thousands of captured Africans to the Chesapeake Bay region. They were brought directly to river plantations on the James, York, and Rappahannock rivers as well as to ports at Yorktown, Jamestown, Richmond, and Fredericksburg.

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Transporting human cargo entailed a cold calculation of inevitable losses against ultimate profits.

The trans-Atlantic slave trade was
The Middle Passage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2016
2. The Middle Passage Marker
a huge and complex endeavor that created unprecedented wealth, but at an enormous human cost.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg Timeless-Spotsylvania, Stafford, Fredericksburg.
 
Location. 38° 17.812′ N, 77° 27.236′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Sophia Street 0.2 miles south of Frederick Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is located on the grounds of the City Dock Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Sophia Street, Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Slave Ship Othello (here, next to this marker); No Outlet (here, next to this marker); Irish Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredericksburg City Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fredericksburg City Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fredericksburg City Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fredericksburg's Wharves and Harbor (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Categories. African AmericansColonial EraWaterways & Vessels
 
The Middle Passage Marker-The marker on the left. image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2016
3. The Middle Passage Marker-The marker on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 1, 2016.
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