Arriving in an unfamiliar country, where people did not speak their language, captured Africans were bought and sold at auction as though they were farm horses or cattle. Such was expected in the world of chattel slavery which had developed on "New World" plantations.
The U.S. Library of Congress contains graphic drawings, and photographs, of the buying and selling of Africans in America:
We are left to wonder what we might do, were we involved in a slave auction as a participant, a bystander or an object of bidding.
Once purchased, the newly arrived slaves endured hard work - and punishment:
John Wesley, the famous British pastor and founder of the Methodist Church, had an apt description for American slavery. He called it "the vilest that ever saw the sun."