The majority of African captives moved to what became the U.S.
Contrary to this belief, only four to six per cent of captives came to the U.S. – a little over 300,000. Statistics from Slave Voyages show that the majority of enslaved Africans went to Brazil and the Caribbean. These enslaved Africans came to the American colonies by way of the Caribbean, where they were prepared for the life of slavery, writes The Conversation. These captives had to battle horrifying experiences for years and months of the Middle Passage. The Middle Passage was the crossing from Africa to the Americas, which the ships made, carrying their ‘cargo’ of slaves. It was the middle section of the trade route taken by many of the ships. The first section – the ‘Outward Passage’ – was from Europe to Africa, then the Middle Passage and the ‘Return Passage’, which was the final journey from the Americas to Europe. Recovering from the brutal experiences of the Middle Passage, these enslaved Africans were moved to plantations on American soil, where they began their new lives as nothing but a commodity to their owners.