Age of Discovery, Portugal and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
Portuguese in search of slaves, and other money making trading goods in Africa during The Age of Discovery.
The Portuguese brought the first slaves in 1444 from Northern Mauritania in Africa.
Age of Discovery, Portugal and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Prince Henry began an agenda to seek out direct sea trade routes to gain access to the gold trade in West Africa. In 1460 Henry the Navigator died but the exploration of Africa by Europeans continued, the Age of Discovery lived on.
The Portuguese brought the first slaves in 1444 from Northern Mauritania. King John II of Portugal continued the work of Henry the Navigator by appointing Diogo Cão to explore and further open up the African coast.
Diogo Cão was born in 1452 and was the first European known to travel into the Congo and to explore West Africa in 1482, present-day Angola and Namibia.
The discovery operations lead by Diogo Cão, the Portuguese were able to travel down the western coast of Africa initiating slave trade relations that grew into the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Portuguese where prolific in the enslavement of Africans; millions of enslaved Africans were captured and sold before the
Many of the slaves were carried to plantations and mines in Brazil. Between 1721 and 1730, 150,000 slaves were taken to Brazil. Between 1801 and 1810, 200,000 were taken.
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This leg, called the Middle Passage, took the Africans away from their homeland, across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. Once there they were sold and would work on the European-owned plantations.