Effects Of The Transatlantic Slave Trade

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Throughout all the centuries of the slave trade, approximately six to seven million slaves were brought to the New World (Slavery in America). All of these slaves were greatly affected by the slave trade, as well as all of the other individuals involved. The slave trade also greatly altered the civilizations of Europe, Africa and the New World at the time. These places would have been very different without the changes that the slave trade brought to them, and the civilizations would have had exceedingly diverse long term effects without it. The slave trade facilitated the expansion and development of Europe into the New World (Lansford). On the other hand, it commenced the decrease in power of African kingdoms and communities (“Africa: …show more content…
With the slave trade, Europe 's trade increased greatly allowing them to advance their society. Trading became a much more important aspect at the time, which made it a more respectable and valuable line of work (Klein). When the dwindling Native American populations were no longer able to keep up with the European demand for labor in the New World, the transatlantic slave trade emerged (Aderinto). Since Europe was the largest exporter of slaves to the New World and led the transatlantic trade, the slave trade developed into an industry heavily relied upon by European merchants (Klein). This increase in trade would have been crucial to the industrial expansion that helped Europe be able to advance its society (“Slave Trade: Transatlantic”). Additionally, Europe made a large sum from the slave trade, and therefore would have been able to expand into the New World. Europe would have been able to buy the slaves from Africa for quite a cheap price, but then sell them for a much larger sum once they sailed to the New World (“African Slave Trade”). The profits that they made off of the slave trade made European countries very powerful and more advanced This would have made them more capable of expanding into the New World (Klein). The slave trade enabled them to explore and colonize many different parts …show more content…
Many African societies did not have a sufficient number of strong men and women to support their communities and everyone living in them. “Exile of Africa 's male youth as slaves had deprived a labor-intensive economy of its strongest, most productive forces” (“Africa: Political and Historical Effects of the Atlantic Slave Trade”). Africa would have had a hard time being able to feed their communities, and they would have had an even harder time trying to defend their communities from the invasions of the neighboring communities. These societies would not have expanded, and even may have shrunk, depending on the amount of the people captured to be slaves in each one (“Slave Trade: Transatlantic”). After these communities had been ransacked by others looking for slaves, the communities would have been left with their oldest and debilitated people. These people would have been unable to support themselves, or the community that they were apart of (“Slavery in America”). Also, the slave trade created an increase in wars that lead to an extensive decline in population. When the Africans traded the slaves to the Europeans, the often received guns and gunpowder in return. With the increase in guns and gunpowder, wars were a lot more common and were also more deadly (Frank). The increase in wars caused the African communities to have a decrease in

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