Dbq Atlantic System Analysis

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The Atlantic System grew between 1500 and 1800 because of numerous causes that increased trade between Europe, The Caribbean, and Africa. The English were on an exploration and landed in the New World, also known as, the Americas. While searching the land they found a new crop that was super addictive and taste good, they felt like they needed to have and harness. They demanded so much that they needed workers to help continue the production of the addictive crop. The addictive crop that the Portuguese loved so much is sugar. Many causes are responsible for the growth of the Atlantic System from 1500 to 1800. The sugar demand increased and so did the need for workers; since merchants had access to slaves they stole and bought them to work for…show more content…
According to James Ramsey, the treatment and conditions of slaves in 1784 were harsh. They had to work long hours, from four in the morning to midnight, only eating 2 meals a day while doing harsh and intense labor everyday. (Doc 1) The source shows us that the slaves were treated harshly and did long, hard hours of work for the English while getting little to nothing in return. The slaves couldn’t even fight for themselves, they were helpless against the “superior” English. According to Olaudah Equiano, a slave, explains the harsh things the slaves have to go through, stating, “... for slaves to be branded with the initial letters of their master’s name.” He goes on to state that the slaves are beat all the time for no reason, and are chained most of the time. (Doc 3) The description of how the slaves are being treated resemble the way people treat animals, this shows that the English see Africans as animals; meaning they see them as superior compared to the slaves. According to the picture drawn by Charles de Rochefort that shows the intense labor that the slaves had to do, it also shows the English just watching over them like they are little kids. On top of the slaves doing all the work they are monitored like little kids or like prisoners. This is another source that shows the English having the…show more content…
Many causes are responsible for the growth of the Atlantic System from 1500 to 1800. The sugar demand increased and so did the need for workers; since merchants had access to slaves they stole and bought them to work for them on sugar plantations and mills for
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