African Of African And African Americans Essay

1034 Words Sep 13th, 2016 5 Pages
Europeans originally enslaved Slavic-speaking people from the Black Sea to work on Mediterranean sugar plantations, but when the Ottoman Turks captured Constantinople, the supply of Slavic slaves were completely cut off. In the mid-fifteenth century Portuguese mariners sailed down the West African coast in an effort to bypass the North African Muslims (who by now had a monopoly on the trade of sub-Saharan gold, spices, and other goods) and seek their own riches in gold. While there Portuguese instead found a new valuable commodity, slaves, who were readily available for sale and could be purchased in mass quantities. In the eyes of Europeans, Africans seemed like a perfect fit for enslavement; they weren’t Christians; their location was comparatively close by; they were expert farmers; they had resistance to European and equilateral diseases and most importantly, they were easily accessible in extraordinary amounts at the hands of African-directed trade Networks. Having solid network connections with African elites that were already established, made it much easier to supply the work force needed on plantations when sugar, tobacco and cotton became the agricultural staple in the colonies.
For the majority of African nations, political fragmentation made it almost impossible to effectively resist the impact of the slave trade. Since Land was usually owned by the state, the only source of personal wealth came from owing and selling slaves, so it is of no surprise that…

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