The Triangle Trade Illustration

The Triangle Trade
in the 13 Colonies


 The triangle trade was the term used to signify three major ports of call arranged in such a way that they form a triangle.

In Colonial Times:

  • From England, textiles, rum and manufactured goods were shipped to Africa.

  • From Africa, slaves were shipped to the Americas.

  • From the Americas, sugar, tobacco, and cotton were shipped to England.

The triangle trade route was the most cost effective way that the English government could find to move goods with total control.

As the colonies developed in the south, cheap slave labor was needed to produce cotton and other labor intensive crops. Soon, the triangle trade became known as the slave trade in the south.

For Kids

Triangular Trade Interactive Map

The Slave Trade

The Middle Passage

Slave Trade - Eyewitness to History

Life of a Slave

Slavery in America

For Teachers

Mercantilism - Free Lesson Plans

The Triangle Trade Lesson Plans

Exports and Imports in the American Colonies

13 Colonies - Free Powerpoints

Free 13 Colonies Clipart

Free American History Online Games

Free American History Presentations in PowerPoint format

Free Video Clips