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Artifacts of the slave trade
Millions of African men, women and children were shipped across the Atlantic Ocean between the 16th and 19th centuries. Many died in horrific conditions. Those who survived were forced into servitude and worked on plantations.

Ahead of the 400-year anniversary, Reuters photographers visited museums in Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa and Britain displaying items from the Africa to North America slave trade.

They have produced a series of pictures depicting items such as chains, shackles, neck braces, whips and documents listing auctions and the treatment of slaves as well as punishment records.
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July 25, 2019
A slave certificate from the Registrar of Slaves and Deeds is seen on display at the Slave Lodge Museum...
Cape Town, South Africa
A slave certificate from the Registrar of Slaves and Deeds is seen on display at the Slave Lodge Museum...
A slave certificate from the Registrar of Slaves and Deeds is seen on display at the Slave Lodge Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, July 12, 2019. The certificate is part of the Iziko Museums of South Africa, Social History Collection. After 1808 when the importation of slaves was no longer allowed, slave sales were more tightly controlled and certificates such as this were issued as a means of record-keeping. August 2019 marks 400 years since the slave trade to North America began. Picture taken July 12, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
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July 25, 2019
A seal from the Registrar of Slaves and Deeds is seen on display at the Slave Lodge Museum in Cape Town,...
Cape Town, South Africa
A seal from the Registrar of Slaves and Deeds is seen on display at the Slave Lodge Museum in Cape Town...
A seal from the Registrar of Slaves and Deeds is seen on display at the Slave Lodge Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, July 12, 2019. The wax impression is part of the Iziko Museums of South Africa, Social History Collection and dates from between 1816-1838. August 2019 marks 400 years since the slave trade to North America began. Picture taken July 12, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
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July 25, 2019
A slave bell, that dates from 1775, is seen on display at the Slave Lodge Museum in Cape Town, South...
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A slave bell, that dates from 1775, is seen on display at the Slave Lodge Museum in Cape Town
A slave bell, that dates from 1775, is seen on display at the Slave Lodge Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, July 12, 2019. The bell is part of the Iziko Museums of South Africa, Social History Collection. It has its origins from the Estate of Burgher Lieutenant Michiel van Breda in 'Oranje Zigt' now know as Orangjezicht in Cape Town and according to the museum was used to summon slaves for work and to mark the end of the day. Michiel van Breda had nineteen male slaves, eleven of whom were from Bengal and described as 'gardeners'. August 2019 marks 400 years since the slave trade to North America began. Picture taken July 12, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
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