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A Summary of Dalya Alberges article “‘Highway to horror’: 14 wrecked slavers’ ships are identified in Bahamas” published at The Gaurdian on February 25, 2023.

Largest cluster of sunken vessels from the 18th and 19th centuries have been identified, bearing ‘silent witness’ to the colonial past.”

Alberge’s article reveals the discovery of 14 wrecked slaver ships in the Bahamas, representing a significant find shedding light on the transatlantic slave trade. These ships, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, played a crucial role in transporting enslaved Africans to destinations like Cuba and New Orleans. Led by the Bahamas Lost Ships Project, spearheaded by Allen Exploration, the research unveils a harrowing chapter of history. The ships’ identification serves as a poignant reminder of the brutality and scale of the slave trade, with up to 400 individuals often crammed into a single vessel enduring unimaginable horrors.

The article emphasizes the importance of remembering and respecting this dark period, particularly during Black History Month. It highlights the need to honor the suffering endured by enslaved Africans, whose stories were often overlooked or forgotten. Notably, one survivor of a shipwreck, Olaudah Equiano, exemplifies the resilience and courage of those who endured the transatlantic journey.

Supported by Allen Exploration, the Bahamas Maritime Museum plays a crucial role in preserving artifacts recovered from these wrecks, ensuring that the atrocities of the slave trade are not forgotten. The discovery of these wrecked slaver ships serves as a poignant reminder of the inhumanity of the transatlantic slave trade and the importance of acknowledging and learning from this dark chapter in history.

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Slave Ship Diagram. University of Virginia Special Collections. Created: 1808. Medium: Engraving.

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