Why Did Europe Use Slaves Through The Triangular Trade To Gain Power?

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Claudia Gorski 11 December, 2016 Mrs. Campara Honors World Studies How did Europe use slaves through The Triangular Trade to gain power? During the Age of Exploration which lasted from 1400 to 1600, the world became global. There was more desire for resources and power. It was a time where Europeans saw their race as superior, slavery was based on race, and Europeans found the American continent where they started growing crops for profit and power. Europe used slaves through The Triangular Trade to gain power by making the slaves work on plantations, loading the exotic plantation products that slaves worked on in the ships empty holds and shipped to Europe to be sold, and supplying Africans to plantations in the Western Hemisphere until it was made illegal. Europe used slaves to work on plantations. They had to do endless work, without any breaks or weekends, and they worked up to 18 hours a day on plantations. Slave owners were violent towards their slaves in order to push them and get the job done. A slave named Augustino recalled his…show more content…
The slaves would be loaded onto the ship and they would sail across the Atlantic ocean. The “Middle Passage” took about ten or more weeks, and once they got to their destination, they were immediately sold. The Triangular Trade pattern was quite simple though. “On the first leg of the journey, a ship called a slaver was loaded with salt, cloth, weapons, hardware, beads, and rum. It sailed from a port in Europe to a port in Africa.” The slaves were very confused at that point, and they waited to set sail across the Atlantic ocean. During the end of The Triangular Trade, plantation products such as sugar, tobacco, and rum were loaded onto the ships and shipped to Europe to be sold. This was the big way that slaves helped Europe gain

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