Growth of Slavery
Am - Is - Are- Was - Were
Past simple tense
Was or were?
PAST SIMPLE (irregular verbs)
Slaves werewasbeedbedbe (be) men, women and children. They comecomescomedcamelcame (come) from Africa. People captureedcapturedcapturdcapturecaptures (capture) them in their villages and they forceforcetforcedforcesforst (force) them to go to the coast and to take ships across the Atlantic oceans to the Americas.
The slaves (arrive) at the harbour and they (not/know) what to expect : no slave ever (come) back ! They (be) terrified and (have) to go on ships : the sailors (load) them and (consider) they (be) goods to be sold. Many (not/survive) the journey because of the horrific conditions in which they (cross) the Atlantic : the merchants (chain) them and the slaves (have) little room to move. Some of them (commit) suicide by refusing to eat.
Buyers inspected the merchendise...
Masters bought slaves at market
or at auctions.