The men were tied in pairs by the necks, their hands secured behind their backs; the women by the necks only, but their hands were left to allow them to balance the immense loads of corn or rice which they were forced to carry on their heads. They also had to carry the children, who were unable to walk, strapped to their backs.
They were hurried along at a pace little short of running.
These lines of about 100 chained slaves were known as Coffles
12th Mar 2008 by Diane Earl
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