The Age of Sail

The history of the Age of Sail is a long, complicated story of aggressive expansion, but also of degradation and brutality. This time period lasted from 1561-1872. While Europeans spread their empires from continent to continent, they stripped people from Africa, South Asia, and the Far East of freedom, enslaving them to build their empires.

It is important that we learn from our world history instead of glossing over it.

Below are resources that can be used for educational purposes. Use them to learn about the Age of Sail, 

PBS - Slavery and the Making of America: Historical Readings, Lesson Plans, and a Virtual Museum

International Slavery Museum: The history of the Transatlantic slave trade

Amnesty International: Campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all

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Lest We Forget: The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation: A Three-Dimensional Interactive Book with Photographs and Documents from the Black Holocaust Exhibit