The development of the triangular trade is described from its ancient origins, through the European involvement in the 16th and 17th centuries, to its massive expansion by the British in the 18th century. The economic forces driving slavery are set out, as are the methods by which slaves were captured and transported. The involvement of Africans in the slave trade is described, and the personal experience of abolitionist Olaudah Equiano is described.

First broadcast:
24 February 1997

The class could try to answer the question posed by the young student at the end of the clip; ‘why did Africans take part in the slave trade when it was being run by Europeans for Europeans?’