from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Traffic in slaves.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

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  • noun traffic in slaves

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

  • noun 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