The New England Slavers
Of the 500,000 or so Africans brought over to the good ‘ol USA, it’s likely that as many as 300,000 came courtesy of the New England slave traders and entrepreneurs. The remainder were no doubt transported by others of the big five slaving giants, mainly England. You may have missed this little tidbit in history class. I know I did.
Do you know of any slave ports located in North America in the 1700s and 1800s? I bet you do. How about Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia? I’m sure these two have probably been drilled into your head since birth. But, the dirty little secret is there are lots more than these two. Lots and lots. And, they’re all up North where the cotton don't grow. Try these names. Boston, Cambridge, New London, Newport, New York, Philadelphia, Providence and Salem. Get yourself a colonial map of the US and see if these ports don’t start in New Jersey and go all the way up to Maine. And, most of them … GASP! … are in New England!
It seems the New England states were up to their necks, big time merchants in the buying, transporting and selling of their human brethren from Africa. They even dropped off several for home use. They were the biggest slave carriers to the Americas in the 1700s, and had their own little route set up from the Puritan Shining Cities on a Hill to the West Indies, over to Africa and then back, making money hand over fist. Some went to the far coast of Africa to avoid the giants of the trade and picked up slaves from points East including Madagascar.