The Atlantic Slave trade brought 12.5 million Africans from Africa to the Americas, with smaller groups going to the Atlantic islands and also Europe. A big factor of why the Slave Trade was popular was the inequality of enslaved Africans. The enslaved Africans were viewed as property, meaning they could be sold and shipped off across the sea for work and labor. The Transatlantic slave trade expanded despite the consequences for the enslaved africans because of economic success, transportation of new goods to new places, and
This impacted the slave communities culture by changing their cultural constructs. "Africans and Indians fought with each other, claimed to be each other, and allied together for common goals" (Document 9) This document proves that trans-Atlantic slave trade inflicted a new culture upon African slaves, also know as the maroon community. The maroon community was made up of ex-slaves or runaways. By being apart of this community, it gave them a new outlook on them being away from their previous home. Although it was not an ideal situation to be in, it was much better than being a plantation slave.
“The basis, of the Atlantic economy was the slave trade and the new products it enabled.” Through history we can see how “slavery began, the factors that made it both possible and economically valuable to the European trading states, and the products produced by the slaves.” Slavery in South/Central America began with the natives doing much labor for those such as the Spanish. Planting, and tending to the crops the Spanish wished to trade. With much of the South and North Americans died out due to diseases, the U.S decided it was time to search out for a new mass number of slaves. They
The slaves became known as the first Old World settlers in the United States. The exploration and settling of the New World by European powers was a long process that tried to incorporate a very large area. African slaves provided labor for this expansion alongside of white laborers who had come to the new world as indentured servants, lured by the offered transit of the Atlantic in return for many years of their labor to European investors. North American slavery evolved differently in each region throughout the centuries, but a unified vision of slavery as the harshest of existence with the constant dangers of disease, violence and death from starvation emerges from the collective histories of American slavery, but were listed as servants in census in1623 alongside whites that were also unfree. 70 to 80% of whites who
Around the time of the 15 and 16 century , Europeans started to immerse in the slave trade . “European traders had previously been interested in African nations and kingdoms such as Ghana and Mali , due to their sophisticated trading networks “ ( MLA East of England 2009) and their keen knowledge of trading networks, they wanted to trade something more valuable: humans . They took slaves from Western Africa to Europe and America . In the beginning, it was a small amount but the slave trade grew during the seventh and eighteenth centuries. Europeans who came to America were tempted to do something which happens to be owning their own land and were opposed to work for others .
Slaves worked on tobacco,rice,cotton, and indigo plantations. It was from there that slavery was known to every colony. Slavery began in 1619. The African Americans came from Africa to America in hopes of finding a better place to live.”Slavery was practiced throughout the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, and African-American slaves helped build the economic foundations of the new nation.” concludes www.history.com. From six to seven billion African Americans were taken into slavery by the 18th century.
Marielle Apronti Prof. Oscar Williams AAFS 311 4 March 2018 The Trans-Atlantic slave trade was the most important factor when considering the early development of European capitalism. The arrival of the Portuguese to the West African Coast and their establishment of trading and slave ports throughout the continent set in stone a trend of exploitation of Africa 's labor and human resources. Europeans greatly benefited from the Trans-Atlantic trade, as it allowed them to aggregate raw materials such as sugar and cotton to manufacture products that funded the Industrial Revolution. In the book “Capitalism and Slavery” by Eric Williams he addresses the origin of “Negro” history, the economic and political impact of slavery in Great Britain, the role of the American Revolution and the decline of slavery in Great Britain. William’s main argument in this book is that the rise of industrial capitalism in Europe would not have been possible without the profits derived from African slave labor.
Although both authors seemed to have similar concepts of the organization of slavery, what they did both strongly acknowledge was that slavery made the majority of the economic output from the Atlantic Trade System, which helped develop colonies that desperately needed a steady supply of ready made products and natural resources. Without that mass amount of imported slaves and their labor, America would not have developed at the pace it did. (Klein, 104) Colonization: When discussing the colonization of the Atlantic Slave Trade, Klein first points out that Africa was a relatively modest source of slaves until the 16th century when the Americas began to experience large influxes of European colonization which ultimately led to the need for
This new form of slave trade caused the Atlantic slave trade to occur and it threatened many Africans from being stripped away from their homes. It is estimated that they bought 18 million people as slaves and transported them from Africa to other countries. The Atlantic Slave Trade was a reason for the decline of Africa. On the other hand while Egypt also had lower classes it didn 't matter. No matter what social class Egyptians were in they still appreciated life the same.
There were 20 Africans labeled as “indentured servants.” This meant that for a period of time, the servants would work in exchange for a place to reside, as well as transportation. These indentured servants were considered to be free, despite their settlement being involuntary. Following the arrival of the first ship in America carrying slaves, slavery grew into an economic profit. The tobacco industry continued to grow but this caused a shortage of labor for tobacco planters. Because of the shortage, there was a great dependence on slavery.
The famous Atlantic trade is well known to the world as an example of exercise of power through slavery. This can be divided into two eras, the First period saw the rise of the Portuguese and Spanish empires that held the South American colonies from 1508 – 1580 and the second Atlantic trade was constituted to the the trade of enslaved Africans by English, Portuguese, Dutch and the French that began from the 17th century and lasted till the late 18th century, however the most famous carriers of slaves were mainly the English, Portuguese and the
Africans were involved in slavery many years before the Europeans. They never based their slavery on race, but on strong vs.weak(tribes). A system where Monarchs, Merchants,and Mercenaries was the chain of being. War was a part of everyday life in Africa, so the tribe that won the war would take other tribe members in hostage. Port Loko, a city with Tempnies(collected captives) , would border slaves in ships, send them down the river where they would be sold to the Europeans for profits.
Europeans were most powerful so they did a sudden assault to Africa’s coast and proceed in the domestic kidnapping and helpless people. Africans seller used to sale slaves and in return European’s gun, textiles, rums, copper, beads, and various important material used to be on their farm. African societies were engaged in overland slave for a long time, which transported slave from West Africa across the Sahara Desert to Roman Europe and the Middle East. Cargo of Manufactured goods from Europe to the west part of Africa was trading through ships which were operated smoothly as those goods were being traded by
The use of slaves has always been present in the world since the beginning of civilization, although the use and treatment of those slaves has differed widely through time and geographic location. Different geographies call for different types of work ranging from labor-intensive sugar cultivation and production in the tropics to household help in less agriculturally intensive areas. In addition to time and space, the mindsets and beliefs of the people in those areas affect how the slaves will be treated and how “human” those slaves will be perceived to be. In the Early Modern Era, the two main locations where slaves were used most extensively were the European dominated Americas and the Muslim Empires. The American slavery system and the