On The Middle Passage

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
So were learning about the slave trade and "The Middle Passage" (a slave trade route in the Atlantic around the 1500's to the 1900's I believe) in World History, and I was inspired to write this one, a very very short story about a person who was taken from their home land and forced to be a slave.

Submitted: March 08, 2010

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The irking 7 week long boat ride through the ocean is a memory not soon to be forgotten. Although I was only one of many African slaves enduring the disturbing voyage through the middle passage it felt as if I was the only one—by myself.
They took me by the barrel of guns, and the edge of swords from my land, and forced me on their ship of malace, with floors and walls cloaked with the reeking waste of others before me—mucous, vomit, urine, and deadly smells, after seeing that, I knew I had a hard time ahead of me. Resisting, they pushed me down and chained me by my brothers, sisters, friends, and enemies. 
I saw things which can’t be described by such a limited vocabulary. So horrid people found it better to rest at the bottom of the sea then to continue, some starved themselves by resisting the already small rations of food.
By the time we were out of the ship, we were pushed, and pushed to walk miles to our new lives, lives as slaves.


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