These popular landmarks in the U.S. were once slave market sites

Fatiatu Inusah Apr 19, 2019 at 01:00pm

April 19, 2019 at 01:00 pm | History

Fatiatu Inusah

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April 19, 2019 at 01:00 pm | History

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The famous 75 Wall Street, a 42 luxury apartment tower is sited on the New York Slave Market. Pic credit: Luxury Apartments NYC

75 Wall Street – New York City

The famous 75 Wall Street, a 42 luxury apartment tower, is sited on the New York Slave Market. The slave trade in New York started with 11 West African captives who were brought to New Amsterdam, renamed New York in 1626 by Dutch settlers. Beginning with 11 captives, the New York slave trade grew to become one of the major wheels of the trade for 150 years and 75 Wall Street is the most recognized place for the auctions. According to Columbia University, slaves were owned by about 40% of the white people in the area at the time. The slaves were tasked to build a wall which would serve as defences for the town’s northern frontier. This wall birthed the famous Wall Street in America’s busiest metropolis. New York was a port city where agricultural produce grown by slaves in the South were bought, refined, packaged and shipped to other parts of the world. Today, no evidence of the slave market is present except for a small plaque that commemorates the lives of the thousands of slaves who were abducted and sold at the site.

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