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middle passage

or Middle Passage

noun, History/Historical.
the part of the Atlantic Ocean between the west coast of Africa and the West Indies: the longest part of the journey formerly made by slave ships.
Origin of middle passage
First recorded in 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • After suffering the horrors of the middle passage, they arrived at Havana.

  • Take the middle passage, and turn right at the next intersection.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • The middle passage extends straight back from the common vestibule or main entry.

  • He wondered whether Harry had inherited something from ancestors who had known the tragedies of the middle passage.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • Therefore, none had to die as traitors on the "middle passage."

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • It was something to brave the middle passage, although one had enough fresh water and no frenzied slaves on board.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • The sufferings of what is called the “middle passage” are, no doubt, correctly stated in history.

  • In this fresh ship, and with this fresh crew we left the coast, and entered on what is called the middle passage.

    The Guinea Voyage James Field Stanfield
  • He has a fleet of a dozen vessels or more employed in the middle passage.

    The Three Lieutenants W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for middle passage

middle passage

(history) the middle passage, the journey across the Atlantic Ocean from the W coast of Africa to the Caribbean: the longest part of the journey of the slave ships sailing to the Caribbean or the Americas
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Word Origin and History for middle passage

1788, in reference to the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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