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How did the slave trade function?

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The transatlantic slave trade was triangular and involved three major steps, linking three continents' economies and resulting in the deportation and sale of about 12.5 million individuals. Ships departed Western Europe (more specifically, from ports like Bristol and Liverpool in Great Britain) bearing manufactured goods that could be traded: tobacco, cloth/textiles, gunpowder, guns, rum, etc.

When the ships arrived in Africa, these goods were...

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