slave trade


Definition of slave trade

: trafficking of enslaved people especially, in U.S. history : the business or practice of capturing, transporting, selling, and buying enslaved African people for profit prior to the American Civil War

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Recent Examples on the Web Officials in Bristol, Rhode Island, unveiled a marker that describes the seaport’s role in the slave trade. Anchorage Daily News, 19 June 2021 Officials in Bristol, Rhode Island, unveiled a marker that describes the seaport’s role in the slave trade. Ed White,, 19 June 2021 African nations who engaged in the slave trade are the real debtors in the reparations conversation. William Darity, Rolling Stone, 19 June 2021 There will now be a plaque explaining his role in the slave trade, the museum said. Max Colchester, WSJ, 18 June 2021 For the exhibition, curators united more than 140 artifacts that trace the history of Dutch involvement in the slave trade between the early 1600s and 1863, when the practice was outlawed in Suriname and the Antilles, per the Guardian. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 June 2021 In the 1800s many of its members, including Edward Colston, were involved in the slave trade. Aida Amako,, 11 May 2021 That endowment was part of another promise: the university’s make-good on its founding family’s participation in the slave trade in the 1700s., 30 Apr. 2021 Being crooked and stubborn was no disadvantage in the slave trade. Jacqueline Cutler, Star Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of slave trade

1701, in the meaning defined above

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“Slave trade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slave trade

: the activity or business of buying and selling slaves

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