Between the 1500s and the 1900s, Europeans forcibly uprooted millions of people from throughout West Africa and West Central Africa and shipped them across the Atlantic in conditions of great cruelty. The transatlantic slave trade was responsible for the forced migration of between 12-15 million people. European slavers dispersed them across the Americas to lead lives of degradation and brutality. As a result, people of African descent are spread throughout the Americas and Western Europe. This is called the African Diaspora.
If a slave worked on a plantation they would have their own little quarters, or cabins, in which they lived. These quarters mainly consisted of a blanket, for their bed, or sometimes ,if the owners were nice, a tiny wooden bed. Women and children slaves usually worked in the houses of their owners, or the field themselves. If slaves worked on a field, it meant working from sunup to sundown for six days a week. As a result of the slaves working different jobs, there was a sort of class system between slaves.
As the needs of indentured servants increased, the owners believed they were not obliged to commit to the request of their servant. As a result, owners found that buying African Americans into slavery would suffice their working needs. It turned out that African Americans bought into slavery worked harder, which caused higher production rates. Slaves were also renewable and cheap to buy, so if one passed away, owners would just buy another one from the market and continue on with their production. Also as adults died their kids would also take their place as well because the children of slaves were also enslaved, so when they old enough to do and learn the basics of slave labor they would be put to work too.
They live in the worst conditions and get little to no food and the laws prohibit them as property and not human beings. They can buy their freedom but not many slaves were able to afford it. Most of them ran away to Florida where the Spanish greeted them with food, clothes and freedom. The slaves in the northern part of England's colonies did not have as hard work. They were farm-hands, dockworkers, sailors and house servants.
The voyage from Africa to the Americas was horrifying and painful for the slaves so many slaves considered suicide as an option. The African Kingdoms were kidnapping slaves from other Africans Kingdoms and trading them with Europeans. In the 15th century some enslaved
The need for a larger work force peaked as the Europeans expansion lacked a sufficient amount of laborers as a vital resource. Europeans viewed Africans as exceptional workers due to their experience with agriculture and farming. Africans were also experienced in working in warm climates that often meant they were more resistant to diseases. The most common explanation during the existence of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade for why Africans were best suited and chosen as early slaves is that they were reputed as being great workers in
White southerners felt that African Americans would not give their full potential in labor unless they were threatened with beatings. In a few cases, resistance caused masters to reduce work hours and improve working conditions. The domestic slave trade between 1820 and 1860 took a toll on many slave families. As the expansion of the cotton kingdom grew the need for money began the trade amongst masters and slave traders. Masters sold men, women, and children.
Europeans took Africans at will, taking people who would be leading societies in Africa, removing the best of individuals from societies that needed them for their functioning. By doing so, indirectly Europeans hindered the development of African societies and caused them to stagnate. Routes like the Triangular Trade were established, which shipped goods to Africa in exchange for slaves, and shipped those slaves to the New World for production of even more goods. When the Europeans had showed up to Africa, major trade hubs that spanned the Sahara to Egypt, existed, trading spices, salt, and other luxuries (Lect. 2, 1/22).
A slave is classified as someone who is obligated to obey the rights and wishes of someone else, typically in an unpleasingful manner, making it degraded upon. When the majority hears the word “slave”, they think of African American enslavement and abuse. But there are many forms of slavery within many forms of individuals, all flawed in their own means. Writers of all time periods have been composing pieces depicted on literal and metaphorical slavery to use their platform of literature to give insight on the wrongdoings for centuries. Literal slavery is the term used to describe forced labor to a person or group of people, where they are typically underpaid, or not paid at all, and given harsh work with no sympathy.
In addition, Europeans later took control of the Atlantic Slave Trade by trading slaves to North Americas, South America, and the Caribbeans. Europe then colonized and conquered some parts of Africa, and began trading any African to different nations. As for the slaves themselves, they faced unimaginable brutality. They were marched to the slave ports on the coast, shaved and branded onto ships. The times in the ships were very cruel, in fact, there was many diseases which led to