AP US History

Slave Trade Data & Graphics

Slave Trade Animation Screenshot

For an excellent visualization of the sheer size and scope of the trade of slaves in colonial and post-colonial times, take a look at this article from Slate, and the simulation that is embedded in it. When you run the simulation, you can see the dramatic increase of exports and imports of human lives as the colonies expand, and as laws are passed to ban slave transport or import as the 1800s progress.

Period 2: 1607-1754

Key Concepts

Key Concept 2.1 — Europeans developed a variety of colonization and migration patterns, influenced by different imperial goals, cultures, and the varied North American environments where they settled, and they competed with each other and American Indians for resources.

Period 1: 1491-1607

Key Concepts

This unit, though foundational, is very thin and a small component of the exam.

Key Concept 1.1 As native populations migrated and settled across the vast expanse of North America over time, they developed distinct and increasingly complex societies by adapting to and transforming their diverse environments.