middle passage

middle passage

noun History/Historical.
the part of the Atlantic Ocean between the west coast of Africa and the West Indies: the longest part of the journey formerly made by slave ships.
Also, Middle Passage.


Origin:
1780–90

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history the middle passage the journey across the Atlantic Ocean from the W coast of Africa to the Caribbean: the longest part of the journey of the slave ships sailing to the Caribbean or the Americas

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middle passage
1788, in reference to the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
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