The Natchez Trace was possibly the most recent legal slave route in North America. From the 1830s through the Civil war, many thousands of bondspeople were transported from the southeast (Maryland to Florida) to the 'new' lands of the old southwest (Mississippi and Alabama). The most efficient route for this was often the Natchez Trace where, at the end of their journey, they would be sold at the "Forks in the Road" slave market.
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