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I'm not an expert, but it's doubtful that many made it home to their villages. Having worked in Africa, even today, the people groups are small. One group I was with has only 5000 people in the world who speak their language, and they are all in one small area, surrounded by other similar small groups. The nature of the slave trade was that Africans brought conquered and/or captured people to the coast, and these people could be from far inland. When ships were returned to Africa or people sent back, they likely had no idea how to get back home. I find that easy to imagine, considering that with today's communication and transportation possibilities, it is still quite difficult to find small people groups. During the time of the slave trade, it was probably even more difficult and indigenous groups were probably more isolated from the coast. That's one of the reasons Liberia was set up as a country by the US government -- because there was no way to get most people back to their homes -- and today Liberia is still a collection of people groups from all over west Africa.