The Triangular Transatlantic Trade (1600s-1700s)
Ships built in Europe travelled a roughly triangular route around the Atlantic during the 1600s and 1700s, and they rarely travelled empty. They carried guns, luxury items and manufactured goods to Africa, the West Indies and North America. In Africa, these goods were traded for gold, ivory, spices and human slaves. The slaves were transported to Europe, the West Indies and the United States, but not to Canada. Canada had slaves, but they did not come by ship directly from Africa.
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Maps in Minutes
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