Discuss the process by which European slave traders acquired African slaves.

1. Discuss the process by which European slave traders acquired African slaves. To what degree could European traders dictate terms to African rulers? To what degree were European traders dependent on African agents to acquire slaves for them? Could the transatlantic slave trade have reached the magnitude that it did without the active participation of African slavers?
2. Discuss the nature of the Middle Passage. What were the worst aspects of the passage? Did those aspects result from malice or neglect or were they an inevitable result of the scale of the passage?