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A Day at CA: Mr. Kendler's World History II Class Explores the Transatlantic Trade of Enslaved Africans

A Day at CA: Mr. Kendler's World History II Class Explores the Transatlantic Trade of Enslaved Africans
Commonwealth Academy

In our Grade 10 World History II class, students embarked on an incredible journey as they dove into the history of the Transatlantic Trade of Enslaved Africans – a crucial chapter in the conquest and colonization of the Americas. For this academic adventure, our students were assigned the task of digging deep and unraveling the complex web of enslavement and trade that shaped the Transatlantic Trade of Enslaved Africans. Each of them took a closer look at a specific aspect of this dark period, focusing on the roles played by various European empires and trying to make sense of the intricate dynamics of power, all while uncovering patterns within this historical tapestry.

It was truly astonishing for our students to discover that different colonial empires, despite their frequent conflicts and rivalries, actually worked together in subjugating and enslaving African people. Students engaged in thought-provoking discussions about the involvement of African warlords in the trade, as well as the contributions of both governmental bodies and private individuals. The sheer scale, complexity, and unbelievable duration of this system profoundly impacted our classes. One of the most fascinating findings was the connection between former enslaved individuals and piracy, leading to a unanimous agreement in the class that attacking merchant ships of the colonial empires was a form of resistance to enslavement. This historical map we've begun to explore will continue to be a central focus in our ongoing World History II curriculum, where we aim to grasp how the legacies of colonization and enslavement still affect our world today.

As our students progress in their educational journey, they'll keep delving into the intricate intersections of history, power dynamics, and resistance, all the while gaining a deeper understanding of the lasting impact of colonization and enslavement on our present-day society. The lessons they've learned from the Transatlantic Trade of Enslaved Africans serve as a poignant reminder of the importance of inclusivity and empathy in our shared human story, highlighting the necessity of uniting to confront and overcome the enduring consequences of historical injustices. In our welcoming and inclusive learning environment, we encourage open dialogue and critical thinking, empowering our students to confront the past and work together to shape a more equitable and just future for all.