Interrogating Adell Patton’s Data on Shipment, of Negro Slaves from Africa to the Americas between 1755 And 1867 (By Period) (Published)
This is an interrogative study that queries the 5Ws and H of where, when, which, what, why and how Africans were being captured, transported, maltreated and sold into slavery by the European slavers who combed the nook and cranny of African region in search of human commodities for their trading and labour activities in the Americas. Archival materials were gathered and analyzed using descriptive statistics like tabulation, graphical representation and measures of central tendency to describe and summarize the way the European slavers operated their transatlantic slavery business. The study investigates and interrogates the number and percentage given by Patton (1998) in a graphical representation of the number of Africans exported to the Americas between 1755 and 1867 and it examines the measures used by the slave traders in obtaining the black slaves and assesses the parts of the New World (Americas) that these human beings, captured from Africa, were taken to. It is revealed that large percentage of the black slaves exported from Africa were taken to Brazil and that a great number of them got missing on the journey to the Americas as a result of stress and hardship, but reports in Patton’s graphical representations did not give adequate account of the slaves that got lost in the peregrination and voyage.