Native American Slaves

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The discovery of the new world made a change in the world of the Native American as well as the Afro American. This change would eventually lead to high slave numbers. As a result the discovery of the new world by Columbus in 1492 several European countries went to the Americas and founded colonies there. However, when the Europeans came to the America’s to found the colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth century there were already people living there. Europeans know the people that were living there now as Native American, however at the time of the colonials they knew them as Indians. While the Natives Americans lived often in peace close to the colonies, in some cases the Natives would become slaves to the Europeans. The Europeans would…show more content…
Runaway adds of the seventeenth and eighteenth century show how the Native American was often worth less money to the owner. In the runaway adds of the time, there is a difference between the worth of the Afro American slave and the Native American slave. The examples of James, a runaway from Nicholas Bayard, and Cato, a runaway slave from Deacon Thomas, show the difference between the worth of the slaves (Bayard). Both are forty years old, yet James is only worth twenty shillings, whereas Cato is worth five pounds, thus five times as much as James (Wilsan). The most outstanding difference between the two is that James is a Native American and James an Afro American. This shows how the owner was willing to pay more to get the Afro American slave back than to get the Native slave back. Showing how even though the status of the Native was higher than the Afro American, the worth of the Native was less than the Afro American. Runaway slaves were looking for hope. Both Native slaves and Afro American slaves saw their situation as unhappy as the Europeans treated them without any respect. For both was running away an option to create the freedom they never had. While the Native slaves saw hope in the reservations, the Afro American saw hope to pretend to be one of the few free Afro Americans, to look for Native ancestry or to pay for their own…show more content…
Till 1702 the Indian slave trade “had been largely a commercial venture, controlled by Indian middle man and militarized slaving societies” (Ethridge, 194). This means that before 1702 there were some slave traders among the Natives, however, most Natives did not participate in the trading of slaves with Europeans. Yet the war in England, Queen Anne’s war, also came to its colonies. This war led to a competition about the American south between France, Spain, and England. To make sure that either party could win, they sought Native allies. The Native allies of the English could not sell Native Allies of the English to English colonies, however, this was only slightly monitored. Furthermore, the English often played the Natives against each other so that the Natives would take war captives, which the English then could buy as slaves (Ethridge). The Europeans did not capture the Native slaves themselves, but the Natives had the slaves already in captivity (Kelton 116). The enslavement of already enslaved Natives was an action Europeans did because as the Natives lived close to the Europeans, enslaving them could cause problems. Would the European have attacked them directly and took Natives as slaves, they could expect attacks from Allies of those Natives. Thus the Europeans played the Natives against each other, so that they could buy the slaves from the Natives and thus have
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