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October 29, 2007

The Point Radio: No Longer Blind

Three million African slaves died on the horrendous voyage known as the “middle passage.” Most people at the time didn’t even know it. Are Christians today just as blind to key issues?...

Click play above to listen.

Learn more about how to be a conscientious Christian:

Mark Earley, “Make You Look,” BreakPoint Commentary, 2 February 2007.

The Amazing Change -- a website dedicated to ending modern-day slavery, including a petition.

Christian Persecution -- a website with information on persecuted Christians around the world.

Stand Today, dedicated to presenting ways to support the persecuted church.

Francis Schaffer, The Mark of the Christian, IVP.


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Are you sure about those numbers? They seem awfully high - that is the size of the entire American population at the time of Independency.

That would mean a many-fold loss to gain ratio for the triangle trade, which doesn't seem like it would be profitable.

Jason Taylor

Actually it is true. More-or-less, though there really is no possible way to get the exact figures. The Slave Trade had tremendous "wastage" to use a rather brutal term. For instance the Hindu Kush mountains on the Afghan border literally means "Hindu Killer". That is where Moslems would take captured valley folk to market. The same rigors were in other places. For information on what it was like read "Skeletons on the Zahara". Or perhaps you would prefer not to, which is indeed quite understandable-I do not wish to read it again.
According to Alan Moorehead in The Blue Nile, an up-and-coming slaver could build his first expedition at Khartoom with the financing from a local loan-shark. He could pay himself off completly and start the second expedition free-and-clear.
Moreover the slaving Europeans engaged in was usually for plantation hands. There was no demand for "specialties" like Eunuchs or Pedagogues. So there was less need for care. All the same one wonders if one could have made a profit by carrying fewer and taking better care.
Also one might remember that any attempt to carry large numbers of passengers by sea, including immigration voyages and military transport, was as troublesome for the "cargo". It was unusually hard on slaves because of the danger of mutiny and, later the need for concealing it from the law.
I apoligize if this cold-blooded description sounds ghoulish. Yet it was ghoulish and maybe describing it this way helps emphasize that.

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