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 Kamuanga Ilunga’s work explores parallels between Congo’s past—the slave trade and exploitation as a Belgian colony—and the harsh conditions of coltan mining today. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Sep. 2022 The only male character of note is the Dahoman King Ghezo, who reinstated the slave trade before being deposed (a role reduced here to John Boyega’s performing with the same misdirection as in his portrayal of Star Wars’ Finn). Armond White, National Review, 21 Sep. 2022 But in other places, like at the slave port of Ouidah, the filmmakers wanted to highlight the horror of the slave trade, leaning into the heat and brightness of the sun with high contrast and a handheld camera. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 21 Sep. 2022 The professor acknowledges that the involvement of the Dahomey Kingdom in the slave trade—and the existence of the trade itself—was a tragedy. Laura Zornosa, Time, 16 Sep. 2022 The slave trade shifted westward along the African coast. David Frum, The Atlantic, 14 Sep. 2022 But the slave trade is a central component to its narrative. Jake Coyle, ajc, 13 Sep. 2022 The glass slipper tale of Tiafoe traces to early-1990s Sierra Leone, a part of Africa that once thrived off the slave trade to North America. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 10 Sep. 2022 The Woman King flits between the war with the Oyo, the broader battle against the encroaching slave trade and the internal drama of the Agojie. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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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 27 Sep. 2022.

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