As the slave ships approached the Caribbean, it became important for captains to present the Africans in the best possible condition for prospective buyers. Slaves were scrubbed and their wounds filled with hot tar before auction. The unsold and frail were often sold by scramble auctions, where after agreeing a flat rate, plantation owners would race to grab the best workforce.

Pupils might use the clip to inform a role-play that serves to highlight the inhumanity of the process and the contrasting positions of the slaves and the slave merchants.