Enslaved: Episode 3, Follow the Money
How did Europe's 17th Century mania for coffee cause an expansion in the transatlantic slave trade?
This episode investigates the economics of the slave trade. The Diving with a Purpose team goes to Suriname to dive the wreck of "The Leusden."
This Dutch ship represents the single greatest loss of life during the entire slave trade. As "The Leusden" was going down, the crew nailed the hatches, drowning over 640 Africans that could have been saved. The owners of "The Leusden" didn't hide this fact. On the contrary, they made an insurance claim for the dead Africans as "lost cargo." Navigating the jungles of Suriname, the Diving With a Purpose team go to the ruins of an old sugar plant to solve this centuries-old mass murder.
Meanwhile, journalists Afua Hirsch and Simcha Jacobovici find out how the European desire for sugar became the driving force behind the early days of the transatlantic slave trade.
Hirsch goes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to the site of a former wharf where captured Africans were deemed "fit for sale." Jacobovici heads to Portugal and the U.K., where the financiers of the slave trade operated, thousands of kilometres away from the horrors that made them rich, and finds out how a European passion for coffee helped caused were key in the formation of the slave trade.
Enslaved contains disturbing depictions of the inhumanity faced by enslaved people from African countries during the transatlantic slave trade, which may be traumatizing to some viewers. If you need support, there are resources available across the country, you can find links to a number of these resources in this post, curated by the Unison Benevolent Fund: https://www.unisonfund.ca/blog/post/mental-health-resources-black-canadians