Enslavement In The Caribbean

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Enslavement is a pivotal factor in the history of the world, it’s acrid labour system was applied in diverse areas which aided in the development and fecundity of numerous countries and nations. The Caribbean and the Americas are paragons of enslavement and its contribution as they thrived due to the adoption of the exploitative labour system, However the term of enslavement is often controversial because it alters, some propose enslavement to be described as 400 years of resistance on the part of the enslaved population whereas it can also be perceived as a system of servitude and an anathema. The academic meaning of the term slavery is as the procurement of captive labour working without wages and usually under compulsion. Despite the plethora…show more content…
Slavery presided in west Africa before it was integrated into the Caribbean, however, this type of slavery which transpired in Africa did not acknowledge racial incentives but was based on an on social, economic or political principle. Traditional Slavery which existed in West Africa did not dispel the inalienable rights which the enslaved population possessed, slavery was a medium which debt payments can be appeased in addition for warfare recruitment and punishment for crimes. The structure of slavery evolved into a nefarious and pernicious system upon the arrival of Europeans to Africa’s fecund shores. The impact that the Europeans inflicted unto the African population can encapsulate by an excerpt from How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, “Many guilty consciences have been created by the slave trade. Europeans know that they carried on the slave trade, and Africans are aware that the trade would have been impossible if certain Africans did not cooperate with slave ships. To ease their guilty consciences, Europeans try to throw the major responsibility for the slave trade on to the Africans. One major author on the slave trade (appropriately titled Sins of Our Fathers) explained how many white people urged him to state that the trade was the responsibility of African chiefs, and that Europeans merely turned up to buy captives- as though without European demand there would have been captives sitting on the beach by the millions! Issues such as those are not the principal concern of this study, but they can be correctly approached only after understanding that Europe became the center of a worldwide system and that it was European capitalism which set slavery and the Atlantic slave trade in motion.(

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