a black African slave conveyed to America
   The jargon of the whites engaged in the triangular trade:
    Things were making life more difficult in the blackbird trade. (Fraser, 1971)
   To blackbird was to be a slave trader. A blacHbirder was either a ship carrying slaves or someone who transported or dealt in them:
    When the stinking ships of the blackbirders crossed the bars below the delta... (Longstreet, 1956)
   Also as black cattle, hides, pi&, or sheep.

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