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middle passage

or 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.
Origin of middle passage
1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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middle passage

(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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