Describe the Arab Trans-Saharan slave trade.  

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Though the slave trade from Africa to North America and Europe is well-known, the Arab Trans-Saharan Slave Trade is perhaps not as well known, but was equally devastating to those involved.

Estimates vary, but it is believed that between 650 A.D. and 1900, as many as 10-20 million Africans were...

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Though the slave trade from Africa to North America and Europe is well-known, the Arab Trans-Saharan Slave Trade is perhaps not as well known, but was equally devastating to those involved.

Estimates vary, but it is believed that between 650 A.D. and 1900, as many as 10-20 million Africans were transported on the Trans-Sahara route to be forced into slavery in the Islamic world. 

Those who were included in the Arab Trans-Saharan slave trade were often treated brutally. Most boys were castrated before being moved across the Trans-Saharan route. This led to the death of what is estimated of as many as 60 percent of these would-be slaves. 

The Arab Trans-Saharan slave trade sparked one of history's largest slave revolts. The Zanj Rebellion was nearly 15-year rebellion in the 800s that involved more than half a million slaves (as well as some free men) to revolt against their harsh treatment. Ultimately, the revolt was unable to deter the activity on the Arab Trans-Saharan slave trade route.

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