The “trade triangle” is the term used by historians to refer to the form of trade that occurred across the Atlantic Ocean during much of the Age of Exploration. In general, major world events such as the Industrial Revolution and the Atlantic Slave Trade resulted in the trade triangle between the Americas, Europe and Africa. European traders would export manufactured goods (metal tools, textiles, tobacco, beads, etc.) to the societies of west coast Africa in exchange for African slaves. The European goods were manufactured in European factories that emerged following the advent of the Industrial Revolution. The African slaves that were traded for were from other societies (usually from Africa’s interior) then the west coast societies. Next, the African slaves were put aboard European slave ships and taken to the Americas to be sold for huge profits. Here the slaves would be put to work on plantations in order to harvest raw materials. The final stage of the “trade triangle” involved European traders taking the harvested raw materials from the plantations back to Europe where they would be processed into goods in European factories. The most notable of these raw materials included: sugar, cotton, coffee, metals, and tobacco. In general, the “trade triangle” formed a cycle that saw raw materials, manufactured goods, and people transported all across the Atlantic Ocean.