The Atlantic Slave Trade

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The slave culture has always been a subject that has captivated societies from the beginning of time up until today. It is a very broad subject that has let us explore the many different aspects of slavery, ranging from when slaves were working on plantations to them being used for trade. Many different forms of slavery have happened and all the aspects of slavery have been very controversial for the simple fact that people who were slaves were treated as nothing more than worthless human beings. The culture of slavery has to do with many factors, but the slave trade, it’s systems, the regulations being imposed on the people of color, even when they were set free, depended on where geographically the slaves were located in the Americas. Constant…show more content…
The Atlantic Slave Trade began because the people of Portuguese started to explore the West African coast. Since there was a growth in plantation work on the Caribbean islands, more slaves were needed to work the fields. This brought about the beginning of the Atlantic Slave Trade. At the beginning only, a small amount of slaves were brought over to the Caribbean Islands but as growing supply for more crops grew, more slaves made the voyage. Since the African traders needed more slaves, they decided to create violence by going into small parts of the West Coast of Africa and take whatever people they needed for their slave trade. Many families were separated since they were being sent to different parts of the world. At the beginning the slaves were sold for what was called two bills. The slaves were also used in what was called barter trade, which meant that there were sold more than one time before reaching their destination. One of the first trips which happened around 1650 consisted of about 115 male slaves, 115 females and other products that were being transported for trade as well. Unfortunately, during many of these voyages not all slaves survived the voyage and died due to the harsh conditions that they were placed in. Most of the times the slave traders would pay other traders with goods to get the slaves, since they themselves did not want to go and take them from their villages. Also, many traders wanted…show more content…
Since the Chattel slavery has to do with slaves becoming personal property, the way that people of color were kidnapped and treated, they were bought, sold and traded at their owner’s expense. This is what is known as Chattel Slavery and since the Atlantic Slave Trade was done in such a brutal manner due to the way the black people were taken from their homes and separated from their families forever. Chattel Slavery will always be known as a form of slavery that relates to all the types of brutalities that the black people were condemned to suffer for many years. Even though at the beginning the slavery, this type of system was something that was not correct and legal, many people went ahead and decided to start the Chattel Slavery trade, even if many people did not know about it. Unfortunately for many blacks who became slaves, they were traded as merchandise for goods. Even though Chattel Slavery was a system that was first initiated in Europe, it later did become legal in the United States. The legalization of Chattel slavery in the United States happened due to the fact that a trader who brought slaves into America. He kept bringing slaves into America as servants to him and other, this marking the beginning of legal Chattel slavery in the United States. It came to the point that black slaves were part of the Civil War. Undeniably, Chattel Slavery was even worse than
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