He does an excellent job of poking holes in largely irrelevant issues in various presentations of the history of the Atlantic Slave Trade. He does this to shore up his claim that black people were already in America before Columbus, most likely because he knows there is no solid evidence for that claim, as explained in part 1 of this article.
One area he questions is the general consensus on exactly how many slaves were brought to the Americas. It is an estimate, not a hard number, so he uses that as a red herring.
The other question he raises is, "where are the slave ships?" These are seemingly valid questions, but the answer to either one of them doesn't logically lead to the conclusion that the Slave Trade didn't exist, or that black people in America aren't from Africa. That is more than a stretch. If it's not entirely clear whether there were 12 million, 3 million or even 300,000 slaves brought from Africa, that doesn't mean there was no slave trade or that none were brought.
So my focus here isn't so much on a conclusive, absolute answer to those questions (because they aren't answerable in any final manner) but to get to the heart of the matter which is, 1) was there a slave trade, and 2) are the overwhelming majority of us from Africa?
If you don't feel like reading, the answer to both is obviously just what you thought it was - yes. It's a shame that we have to go through this but this is a reflection of our current state of learning.
They are saying, basically, everything you were told about slavery is all part of an elaborate scheme or a conspiracy to hide your true identity. And that all of those discussing a slave trade must all be in cahoots with each other, or they're being controlled by some nefarious group or individual using them to deceive us.
This gets to the real meaning of history. It is not simply a "story" or "his"-story as you so often hear. No, modern history is an inquiry or an investigation into what most likely happened in the past. When looking at past events or phenomena, the question to ask is -what is the most probable explanation for these events?
So...where are the Slave Ships?
This question is not far from asking, for example, 'what happened to the paper plates we used at the hundreds of barbeques we've been to over the years? And then saying, if we can't produce all the plates, that means the barbeques never happened.
Keep in mind that ships from the 17th and 18th centuries were made of wood, and that wood didn't last.
The longevity of wooden ships varied wildly, depending on the wood they were built of and how well they were maintained. Ships built of well seasoned hardwoods could last several decades in active use, providing that any problems that arose were promptly repaired. On the other hand, ships built of softwood or timber that was too green often rotted very quickly. There are cases recorded of ships that deteriorated so fast that they had to be scrapped after only two or three years of service.
This article in the New York times discusses an 18th Century ship found in the ruins of the World Trade Center after 9/11. In the 7th paragraph note it indicates that the ship's wood began deteriorating as soon as it was exposed to air. Later in the article, an archeologist mentions that, "if the sun had been out, the wood would have already started to fall apart."
Another factor that should be mentioned is damage caused by the teredo navalis, a saltwater mollusk but commonly called shipworm. It bores into the underwater hull of wooden ships, unless they are protected by sheathing. The rate of infestation is worse in warm tropical seas. On the other hand, the organism cannot live in fresh or brackish water, such as the Baltic Sea. The teredo could sometimes reduce an unprotected wooden ship sailing in the tropics to a sinking condition within a year or too, as the early European explorers learned to their cost.
For example, here is an article showing a 17th century ship found in the Baltic Sea which was very well preserved. Slave ships, however., navigated the much warmer waters near the equator.
-- If there was no slave trade why would there be a specific act banning the slave trade? Or maybe they made it all up to put it in text books to fool us into thinking the slave trade was real.
-- If there was no slave trade, why is there a charter given to this company to trade in slaves? Maybe they just made up the charter and no slaves were ever traded. Oh wait, below is also inventory from the company which included...slaves.
--How can this be if there was no slave trade? Maybe he is lying. But why would he lie? Maybe he was bribed in order to fool black people in America that there was a slave trade.
-- Of course this was all done to fool black people in America into thinking the slave trade was real.
And if that didn't work, thirty-nine more slave castles were built along the Gold Coast of West Africa.
--The autobiography is clearly authentic, but was he lying? Was he really an indigenous American making up stories just to fool other black people to believe that there was a slave trade? Considering the amount of detail about what he called eboe customs, crops, music, etc., it seems highly unlikely he was in on this elaborate scheme to fabricate an African slave trade. https://igboacienthistory.weebly.com/olaudah-equiano-igbo-origin.html
He also wrote an autobiography which discussed being captured from his homeland in Futa Toro Senegal and being sold in Charleston S.C. Could he have been forced by the conspiracy to make this story up? That would be a stretch considering he also wrote this copy of the 67th Surah of the Qur'an in Arabic (his biography was written in Arabic also.) Coincidentally, it is written in Fulani script.
He was born in Timbuktu, Mali and later moved to Futa Djallon, Guinea. He was captured during a battle taken to the Gambia River and shipped via Dominica to New Orleans. This is a copy of the Lord's Prayer written by Abdur Rahman in the authentic Fulani Arabic script of his time. In 1826, at the encouragement of local newspaperman, Andrew Marschalk, Abdul Rahman wrote a letter in Arabic to his family, and this letter was forwarded via United States Senator Thomas Reed to the U.S. Consulate in Morocco. The consul shared the letter with Sultan Abderrahmane II, who asked that U. S. President John Quincy Adams and Secretary of State Henry Clay intervene for the release of Abdul Rahman in exchange for the freeing of several Americans illegally held in his country. -- What is the likelihood all of these events and documents could have been made up?
He was captured in his homeland in 1731 while trying to sell goods and two of his father’s enslaved people. He was sold into the trans-Atlantic slave trade and shipped to Annapolis, Maryland.
He formed a commercial partnership with George Austin to become 'Austin, Laurens & (George) Appleby.' His business among other interests was the import and sale of slaves. Here is an advertisement in the newspaper taken out by his company. Notice the ad says the slaves came from Sierra Leone not indigenous America -- which is peculiar considering the Atlantic Slave Trade was a "fairytale." This clearly doesn't appear to be story or a myth, this is business. In the second ad also notice the amount of the slave cargo (250).)
It is known as a kingdom which grew directly as a result of the Atlantic Slave Trade. The Dahomey is said here to have traded 1,000,000 people from different parts of the region. The slaving wars are documented in the architecture of the buildings and palaces. (What are the chances this was done to fool Black Americans?) @13:00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIRC2OKYF-o