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Mid-18th Century: New England Slave Trade Flourishes

Ships from New England make about 1,100 documented voyages carrying enslaved Africans. At one point, more than 5,000 black people are held as slaves in Connecticut. This log from the 1757 voyage of "The Africa," sailing southeast out of New London to Bunce Island in Sierra Leone, was kept by the ship owner's son, Dudley Saltonstall. The log also chronicles the deaths and illnesses of slaves en route back west.
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