Details of the first slaves were discovered


In August 1518, King Charles I of England authorized Spain to transport some Slavs directly from Africa to America. The decree led to the emergence of a new phase of slave transport directly to America without passing through a European port.

Nowadays, researchers have discovered new details about the first such trips. According to History, historians David Wheat and Marc Eagle identified 18 direct shipping to America in the first seven years since Carol I's decree. According to specialists, these are the first such transports about which there is evidence.

Transatlantic slave trade did not begin in 1518 (the year of the decree), but began to be more frequent after King Carol I authorized direct shipping from Africa to the Caribbean. In 1510-1520, ships traveling from Spain to the Caribbean contained between 1-2 slaves and up to 40 slaves per transport.

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"By the middle of 1520, there had been 200 slaves on the same ship," said Wheat, a history professor at Michigan State University. Determining the areas where slaves came from is difficult because most were captured and brought into ports before Spanish ships to transport them to America.

"These are among the first examples of slaves who have been thrown overboard or people who have died because of inanimation. Also, some of the violence and brutal aspects of the slave trade are also reported, "Wheat said.

Spain has increased the number of slaves it has brought to the Caribbean since 1518, as the slaves brought in earlier transports died of European diseases and colonial violence. Many of the men, women, and slaves did not have the option of asking for their freedom.

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