Harriet Jacobs, Escaped Slave and Writer
The Middle Passage refers to that part of the triangular trade in which millions of Africans were shipped to the New World to be sold as slaves. Ships left Europe for Africa carrying goods which were traded for African people who were than transported across the Atlantic. These people were then sold or traded for raw materials which would be transported back to Europe. The enterprises which included the Middle Passage were large financial undertakings, generally organized by companies or groups of investors rather than individuals.