Race And Slavery In The Cape Verdean Slave Trade

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Out of the 15th century Atlantic Slave Trade, arose racial and socioeconomic problems associated with Cape Verdean interstate trade relations. The Atlantic Slave Trade proved detrimental through the introduction of slavery between the Europeans, Luso-Africans, and Creoles, the negative effects it placed on religion between Cape Verde and others on the route of the slave trade, and lastly, it also by changing perceptions of race and sexuality among blacks and whites. Slavery in Cape Verde brought about by Trans-Atlantic trade routes and European economic agendas twisted relations between three different players: Europeans, Luso-Africans, and Creoles. Europeans dominated their slaves as their primary means of labor, making profit on behalf of them for their enterprises. Because of this dominant-inferior business relationship, Europeans expressly saw their non-whites slaves as subordinate to them. Walter Rodney explains the process of slavery started by Europeans for the benefit of the slave-trade and Trans-Atlantic trade in general. First,…show more content…
Jose da Silva Horta mentions “Donelha follows a binary scheme whites/blacks, including in the former category the ‘lancados’ or ‘tangomas’ or Portuguese” (p.113, 2000). Christian Caucasions represented “whiteness,” which means, the “race to represent the closest to ‘original’ creation and then envisioned two lines of departure from this ideal toward greater and greater degeneration” (Sussma, p.20, 2014). However, with their sexuality, Europeans were less rigid and more contradictory to this “perfect whiteness” because their behavior was “encouraged amorous behavior” during the slave trade (Mark, 94, 1980). Overall, whiteness faced problems and concerns during the slave, however, those who were defined by whiteness remained the most powerful group in the
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