middle + passage
middle passage (plural middle passages)
- (obsolete) A middle way, especially between two extremes; an intermediate path in space or time.
- (now historical) Specifically, the middle part of the sea voyage by which slaves were transported from Africa to America.
- 2007, Tristram Hunt, The Guardian, 23 Aug 2007:
- The city once laid claim to the largest fleet of slave ships in the history of the trade as its merchants overtook Bristol and London in dominating the Middle Passage.