from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Traffic in slaves.

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  • n. traffic in slaves

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the business of dealing in slaves, especially of buying them for transportation from their homes to be sold elsewhere.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The trade or business of procuring human beings by capture or purchase, transporting them to some distant country, and selling them as slaves; traffic in slaves.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. traffic in slaves; especially in Black Africans transported to America in the 16th to 19th centuries


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  • "When the slave trade first began, every European country that profited from the purchase and sale of Africans would soon see a yellow fever epidemic.... Though Asia had the ideal climate and the right mosquito, it has never had an epidemic of yellow fever. It also never participated in the African slave trade."

    —Molly Caldwell Crosby, The American Plague (New York: Berkeley Books, 2006), 11

    October 5, 2008