Slavery In North America

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Slavery flourished in North America for nearly three centuries. Beginning with the twenty African Americans that arrived in Jamestown in 1619, fifty thousand slaves would be transported per year to America at the peak during the 1790s (Hine 29). The profits from the Atlantic slave trade, together with those generated from the tobacco and sugar plantation by the slave labor were used to support the development of England and fund the industrial revolution during the eighteenth century (Hine 29). Slavery was integrated into the economy of North America, and sensing an opportunity to make money, many businesses and people were involved to facilitate the slave trade.

Primary Source #2 was printed on May 19, 1784. It is composed of two advertisements
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Furthermore, the black slaves suffered severe physical and mentally as “the crew often neglected to feed the salves, empty the tubs used for excrement, take slaves on deck for exercise, tend to the sick, or remove the dead” and were tightly packed in vertical shelves (Hine 32). Different from the other primary sources is that Primary Source #2 does not indicate that children are available for sale. In addition, the fact that the payment could have been made in “produce” hints that the seller might return to England with the produce marking the end of the voyage. Lastly, the fact that sale was held each day demonstrates that slavery was very much institutionalized in…show more content…
While no skillset was mentioned in Negroes for Sale, the fact that skills are mentioned in this advertisement highlights the fact that the slaves are seasoned. The seasoning was a period where the salves were “acclimatized to the plantation routines” and accultured (Hine 40). Also, the fact that “honesty” is repeated thrice suggest that it was an important quality the buyers looked for in a slave. North American planters preferred “seasoned” slaves and they were brought for resale in the North American market (Hine 41). In the years to follow, the number of African-American slaves arriving through ships from West Africa continued to increase and fell as the United States abolished the Atlantic slave trade in 1808 (Hine 43). Black slaves with families were considered to be more stable so, the advertisement highlights a family that consists of a Man-Cook, a Washer-Woman and their two

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