National Geographic : 1992 Sep
SURVIVOR FOR SALE: On the slave vessels Africans are stored so closely on wooden platforms below decks that some must crouch while others are forced to lie down (right). For two months in a ship's belly amidfilth, disease, and death, Owusu Mensa has nowhere to run. Upon docking in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro, the Africans are shoved toward a crowd of waiting white men. One fires a gun in the airto start the "scramble"auction,where slaves are grabbed,bundled together with ropes and sashes, and soldfor a set price. Fightingwith his last bit of strength (above), Owusu Mensa is wrenched away by the Portuguese miner who buys him in this free-for-all.