The Economics Of The Slave Trade Essay

PAGES
2
WORDS
816
Cite

¶ … Atlantic Slave Trade From 1650 Onward Although slavery had existed throughout human history, the Atlantic slave trade possessed certain unique qualities which gave rise to an equally unique and economically profitable form of slavery from the 17th century onward. The Atlantic slave trade was also called the Triangle Trade: "Ships carried European manufactures to Africa and exchanged them for slaves, who were then taken to the Americas, where they were traded for sugar, molasses, cotton, tobacco, indigo and other goods, which were brought back to Europe."[footnoteRef:1] Although the Portuguese began the trade, it was primarily the economies of the U.S. and Great Britain which generated its development. [footnoteRef:2] [1: William Hardy, "The Rise and Fall of the Slave Trade," Open University, February 25, 2014, http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/the-rise-and-fall-the-slave-trade (accessed December 28, 2015)] [2: Ibid.]

The slave trade was fueled by the creation of a 'cash crop' system whereby slaves were used not simply to supplement household labor as they were in urban areas but to support entire economies with their coerced labor. In the 17th century, "the creation of ever-larger sugar plantations and the introduction of other crops such as indigo, rice, tobacco, coffee, cocoa, and cotton would lead to the displacement of an...

...

"Having reached the Americas, those who survived the crossing faced a life of slavery on colonial plantations. Here, they were denied their freedom and dignity, and were treated with considerable brutality by their masters. Attempts by slaves to run away, and on occasion to revolt, were signs of their continued suffering."[footnoteRef:4] Slaves lost the ability to freely form families, speak their language, and observe cultural traditions although many tried to do so in secret. [3: "The Development of the Trade," New York Public Library, http://www.inmotionaame.org/migrations/topic.cfm;jsessionid=f8302520121451320645041?migration=1&topic=2&bhcp=1 (accessed December 28, 2015)] [4: Hardy]
As well as plantation owners, slave traders, shipbuilders, and many other professions benefited from the slave trade. Consumers also enjoyed access to cheaper and a wider range of goods. Great Britain outlawed the slave trade in 1807 but it has been speculated that the fact that "British slave plantations of the West Indies [were] already in economic decline before the…

Sources Used in Documents:

Bibliography

"1807: Congress abolishes the African slave trade." History.com. 2009.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/congress-abolishes-the-african-slave-trade (accessed December 28, 2015)

"The Development of the Trade." New York Public Library.

http://www.inmotionaame.org/migrations/topic.cfm;jsessionid=f8302520121451320645041?migration=1&topic=2&bhcp=1 (accessed December 28, 2015)
http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/the-rise-and-fall-the-slave-trade (accessed December 28, 2015)
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/slavery/teachers/readings7.html (accessed December 28, 2015)


Cite this Document:

"The Economics Of The Slave Trade" (2015, December 28) Retrieved June 18, 2024, from
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/the-economics-of-the-slave-trade-2157776

"The Economics Of The Slave Trade" 28 December 2015. Web.18 June. 2024. <
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/the-economics-of-the-slave-trade-2157776>

"The Economics Of The Slave Trade", 28 December 2015, Accessed.18 June. 2024,
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/the-economics-of-the-slave-trade-2157776

Related Documents

Slave trade of Indians and blacks began with Columbus but the overall slave trade was much worse and lasted later in history in Brazil Summary of slave trade in Brazil Quick Facts about Slave Trade in Brazil Firm connections with slavery in highlands People involved included Portugese, Luso Brazilians and the slaves themselves Like Columbus, killing and enslavement of indigenous peoples was common Some slaves escaped and hid in mocambos and quilombos Renegade Indians and escaped slaves

Evolving Slave Trade
PAGES 1 WORDS 395

Slave Trade The author of this report is asked to answer several questions about the trans-Atlantic slave trade. First, there is the question of how important to African society and to the African economy the slave trade was. Second, there is the question of what roles the slaves served in African societies. Lastly, there will be a comparison of slavery in West Africa and the European slavery model that involved coercive

Slave Trade in and Between
PAGES 7 WORDS 2106

Discussion The focus of this work has been to answer the questions of: (1) How was the slave trade practiced in Europe and Africa before 1550, in comparison to the slave trade in and between the two regions after 1550?' And (2) 'What were the main differences between the two periods in terms of their origins, motivations and effects on African society?' These two time periods, before 1550 and after 1550 have

African Slave Trade
PAGES 5 WORDS 1515

Resistance and Complicity It is impossible to understand or write about Africa's history without considering its relationship with continents like Europe and America. It is imperative that a discussion of the subject concentrate on Africans' pivotal shaping of world history (Lindsay, 2007). Europeans (i.e., Englishmen, Dutchmen, the Portuguese, and the French) contributed only superficially to shaping Africa's history during the Atlantic era's first two centuries, engaging in merchandizing and goods transportation

Africa and the Slave Trade Give a brief description of Africans' way of life prior to the Atlantic Slave Trade, meaning their Political, economic, cultural and societal organizations. Please take into consideration the Documentary films: " Caravans of Gold" and " King and City." As is demonstrated in the documentaries 'Caravans of Gold' an 'King and City,' the embattled and economically delayed Africa with which we are familiar today is a far

Atlantic Slave Trade Racist or economic? The Atlantic slave trade took place across the Atlantic Ocean. It took place during the sixteen to the nineteenth century. The majority of the slaves moved during this incident were the black Africans. These Africans were significantly from the continent. The Europeans bought these slaves from the Africans. They then sent the slaves to North and South America (Muhommad). Different perspectives have been presented below (Wiencek). The