Slavery, and the trading in captives for sale into slavery, has a long history in Africa, as well as in Europe and Asia. In ancient pharaonic times, captives from Nubia were transported down the Nile to Egypt. Some were also transported across the Sahara from western to northern Africa in Roman times, while others were sent out of northeast Africa to labour in the states of the Persian Gulf and India. The Atlantic trade of later centuries, however, was to surpass all these in sheer scale and systematic organisation.
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