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One of the most consequential measures that shaped the relations between Africa and the Atlantic World was the development of the Atlantic System from the sixteenth to nineteenth century. The Atlantic System, or often referred as the Atlantic Slave Trade emerged when the need of labor sources, for large plantations in the Western Hemisphere, heightened. While the transportation of slaves began in small proportions with the enslavement of around twelve African slaves, it soon advanced into a wide range of international shipments with approximately five hundred slaves. Different regions of the world, such as Europe, Africa, and America inevitably received enormous advantages and disadvantages towards the social, demographical, and political factors.
The idea of utilizing slave labor in plantation agriculture came forth in the continent of Europe. European merchants began the early slave trade by transporting slaves to work on different plantations located in the Portuguese island colonies. Significant amounts of profits were made especially from the sugar plantation lands on the island of Sao Tome, with the demanding and rigorous work schedules of slaves. When the Triangular Trade emerged, with the demand for work sources in the western hemisphere, European merchants were able to increase their profit even more by selling slaves for double the amount with posted advertisements (Bentley, 1769). Europe most certainly gained an economic advantage with the event of the Atlantic Slave Trade, as well as a lead in their progress in industrialization.
With the new sources of labor presented in the Atlantic Slave Trade, America was another region that gained many developments in its economy, and society. Slavery played an integral part in ...

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There is no doubt that the Atlantic Slave Trade made an enduring mark on the regions of Europe, America, and Africa. The Atlantic System began with the need of available labor sources for large plantations. The transport of slaves through the Middle Passage soon advanced into wider proportions, and the Triangular Trade was established. While Europe and America gained economic, and industrial advantages from the slave route, it is Africa that suffered the most impact culturally, economically, and emotionally.

Works Cited

- Jerry H. Bentley. Traditions Encounters & A Brief Global History. 2014. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. New York. “Document 2”: Charlestown, 1769. 420-421.

- Olaudah Equiano. Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man. 2005. University of Georgia Press.
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