Slavery has been around since the dawn of humanity coming together to form a civilization. It can be found throughout history. In the age of the Roman Empire slaves accumulated to around 30 percent of their total population and consisted of barbarians that couldn’t speak their language (Walter Scheidel 2007). But the most well-known and most recent is the Atlantic Slave trade which differs from all other periods of slavery for four key reasons. The Atlantic slavery trade lasted nearly four centuries; the targeted group was black African men, women, and children (UNESCO 2014). Along with the development of a consumer culture in where luxury resources become necessities, and finally it is believed to be the first system to be globalized, making it an important mark of history. Many of Africans that were brought into slavery were from the western and central part of Africa. These Africans were enslaved by either other western Africans or western Europeans, who were then sold and most commonly shipped off to the newly discovered parts of the world such as the Caribbean, Brazil, and America. Slaves were brought into the Caribbean and Brazil mostly for the sugar industry in which they would plant, harvest and process the sugar ten out of twelve months of the year working days as long as thirty five hours. While in America they were used for housework, skilled trades work and on occasion as sailors but the majority worked as agricultural Laborers for tobacco, sugar, cocoa and cotton plantations. It all began in the 15th Century shortly after Portuguese began to explore the western coast of Africa. When they first started enslavement was in small numbers and they were sold for profit in the European colonies. But then the other European c... ... middle of paper ... ...wouldn’t have ever seen the full potential economic value of the new world and allowed the consumerism that we have developed today in where a luxury resource can be seen as a necessity (Alan Brinkley 1993). In conclusion, we can find that without the cruelty that African men, women, and children have endured for over four centuries, and that without them the potential of the Caribbean, Brazil and America, we would have never been fully realized as sad as a legacy this leaves on history with all the in-humanity and wrong doing that was performed. In addition, that it did in fact create the world today, where we are globally connected in forms of trade allowing us to buy items that are on the other side of the world, for our world to have such luxurious resources at our dispense would have been unthinkable without all the hardship that was endured by those before us.
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Slavery is one of the biggest global issues that have been impacting many lives of African-Americans. Long ago during the 16th century the very first slave ship arrived in the Americas. On the dock of Jamestown, Virginia 1619.( 3 ). During the 16th century 11,363,000 African Americans were shipped across the Atlantic Ocean. (Facts about the slave Trade and Slavery). Slave exports grew to 36,000 slaves annually during the seventeen hundreds to almost 80,000 slaves a year during the eighteen hundreds. (Facts about the slave Trade and Slavery) This was just the begging for slavery all around the globe.
The movement of African captives by Europeans to America and European countries was known as the trans-Atlantic slave trade, which “began in the 15th century” (Adi). Africans were enslaved to do difficult labour, such as building railroads and working on plantations, for little to no cost for their owners. Africans tried to hold
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Throughout our history we are marked with atrocious crimes, but none worse than the horrendous act of slavery of other humans. So how was this possible? How could it have gone on for so long, and on such a scale? How did it affect the families of the time, economy and natural resources of the time? And how does it still effect the many nations today? A crime like this has no parallel in any part of human history. And in order to truly understand how this effects Africa and its many lost generations, one must know the past, and how it came to be so one can truly know how it affects the present.
Slavery, like many ill-fated and evil inventions reached epidemic levels in early Europe and the American colonies. The history of slavery is documented most acutely during the period when slaves first arrived to the new land and when the colonies had first developed into the fledging United States of America. This would lead us to believe that slavery had not existed before this period or that the consequences and relevance of it had little historical, social, or economical importance. While some of this might be true, the act of enslaving other human being has existed for hundreds of before the Europeans ever reached and explored the continent of Africa. Proponents of slavery could argue that it is just a natural step in the evolution and development of civilized man. Historic data revealed that the African people form of enslavement on one another was drastically different then European and American way. Although slavery as we know it has been abolished, the consequences have had and will surely have everlasting effects on you, me and the future of every child
People commonly sold themselves into slavery to pay off debt or support their families, or they were forcibly enslaved for crimes or in war. In Africa, slaves were employed in many ways as servants, peasants, soldiers, administrators and field workers. In most cases, there were whole villages of enslaved dependents who were required to pay rent to the ruler. When Dutch, Portuguese and other European traders came to the West African coast, they quickly saw the value of men and women as slaves in America. The trade that developed between the foreign Merchants, the rich and powerful rulers, and merchants of West African nations drained the entire nation of the people who were needed to prosper and