Jack Babbage Mr. Class Western Civ. December 13th What made the transAtlantic slave trade expand even with the consequences for the enslaved? While the Atlantic slave trade may be widely considered to have been horrible, certain aspects of it had productive benefits. The transAtlantic Slave trade was a path across the Atlantic Ocean that brought slaves from Africa to the Americas and also Europe. 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.
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.
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.
The transatlantic slave trade involved Europeans, Asians, and Africans. West Africa was the main supplier of slaves and the main trading regions for slaves were Gold Coast, and Benin. War captives, and people with socially unacceptable behaviors were the main
“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
As far as trade, it allowed slaves to be taken from the Europeans before the triangle trade, which began in the 1450s between the 1750s. It usually evolves when a region has to export commodities that are not required in the region. The major commodities are to export slaves to America, export sugar, tobacco, and cotton to Europe, and export textiles, rum, and manufactured goods to Africa. During the fifteenth century, Africans were forced into
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 .
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
The history of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade is something more complex than many people are often taught. Built through years of changes and laws, the slave system become an everyday economy through which many, especially Europeans, prospered through the trade of Africans. In her short book Saltwater Slavery, Stephanie Smallwood focuses on the process of commodification and the different aspects and details of the Atlantic slave system. Aspects such as the “social death” of African captives were important when it came to the actual marketing and value that the European traders would put on them. With time, as the slave trade grew, the shipment of Africans across the Atlantic became more frequent.