Atlantic World Essay

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The features of “the Atlantic World” are part of what makes it important to history and is essential to how we remember “the Atlantic World” in it’s true glory. Novelist Michael Crichton once said that “If you don 't know history, then you don 't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn 't know it is part of a tree.” I believe that human beings are part of a tree of history that each and every one of us can be connected to in various ways. This connection is essential to how we understand history, learn from the past, and change the future for the better. Some of the major features of “the Atlantic World” that cannot be forgotten are slavery, revolutions, and the Enlightenment period. Slavery itself was a cruel process and the leaders of the …show more content…
Olaudah Equiano was sold into the slave trade at a very young age. He describes the cruel behavior against him and his people in a document. Equiano refers to the treatment that whites gave to his people saying that “I had never seen among any people such instances of brutal cruelty” (Strayer 702). But that is not the only terrible thing about Slavery in the “Atlantic World.” In the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1.8 million slaves died during the transatlantic crossing from Africa, and a total of 12.5 million people were taken from African societies (687). These are large amounts of people stolen from their homes, and taken to help progress another country’s industry, such as cotton or sugar. One might ask how this could happen, how could so many people be sold to owners who wish to make unpaid and enslaved people do all the hard and nasty work for an industry just to make a few rich. Part of the responsibility is on the African societies that sold slaves. These societies were “quite capable of defending themselves against European intrusion, and many were willing to sell their slaves peacefully” (690). Slavery was a cruel way for African societies to make trade with European for European goods. These African countries often gained slaves by raiding another country or stealing children out of their homes. They would do anything to make some money, and if it weakened a neighboring country, it was a bonus for the …show more content…
People need to see events through the view of both sides in order to get a true account of what happened. For a slave’s description of slavery is much different than that of a slave seller. A written account provides the words and the views a witness has as a primary source. A secondary source, such as a painting, can be interpreted in many ways by the viewer, but can also cover different topics about an event. Humans need to keep in mind these two types of sources in order to understand history in addition to the events that occurred. One of the major features of “the Atlantic World” is Slavery. Slavery was a cruel treatment of humans in order for others to make financial gains. The Revolutions of “the Atlantic World” brought new ideas to the world, and helped countries develop through technological and scientific advances. The Enlightenment period was very important for changing the old view created by the Church, getting rid of superstitions, and eliminating “divine-rights” that Kings used to keep the people oppressed. The idea of people being independent brought revolutionary actions into many nations. Humans need to keep in mind “the Atlantic World” when reviewing the whole past. Without this age of darkness and progress, the world would not be the way it is today, just centuries later. It is truly astonishing how much change can occur over a few centuries. In order to remain

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