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slave trade

noun

Simple Definition of slave trade

  • : the activity or business of buying and selling slaves

Full Definition of slave trade

  1. :  traffic in slaves; especially :  the buying and selling of blacks for profit prior to the American Civil War

1734

First Known Use of slave trade

1734


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