Importance Of The Transatlantic Slave Trade

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The Transatlantic slave trade continued to persist because of its money making value. Europeans, as well as Africans benefited profit wise from the Transatlantic slave trade. The slave trade was allowed because the slave trade reaped benefits from state support. In Nell Irvin Painter 's, Creating Black Americans: African-American History and Its Meanings, 1619 To the Present, Painter hits upon the fact that African Aristocrats allowed kidnappers free rein and collected taxes on captives passing through their realms and European monarchs chartered and taxed the private companies engaged in the Atlantic slave trade. This shows that the people in high command were in support of the slave trade which made the trade be allowed and persist. Although …show more content…
The slave trade continued to rise steadily until the eighteenth century when a dramatic boon occurred, but the trade was then made illegal in the year 1808. The Africans that were traded were either captured in their nation 's defeat or/and were kidnapped. The two most popular accounts of kidnapped Africans set off to be traded were Ayuba Suleiman Diallo and Olaudah Equiano. Diallo 's account is the earliest and and he was captured when he ironically, was returning from selling two people and rested at a friends house when the plunders of the Mandingoes captured him and had him traded and shipped to the New World. The second account, but most popular is that of Olaudah Equiano. Equiano explained his kidnapping in his narrative. Equiano and his sister were left to mind the house when two men and a woman got over the walls and seized them both in an instant and took them off to be traded. The first people to fall victim to the slave trade were the people of Ndongo. The Ndongo people were victims of brutal wave of warfare and had been kidnapped by a band of Africans marauders, that were known as the Imbangala, allies of Portuguese slave traders on the Atlantic coast of Luanda. By the 1550s, the Portuguese had made alliances with the Imbangala people and would sell them firearms that would help them overpower other African …show more content…
On board, a souplike gruel was served in bucket, so ten people would eat around a quart of gruel out of the bucket using wooden spoons . The ship would pack about sixty gallons of water per day which equals about three quarts a day this was called the rule of barrique. The slaves that were lucky enough to pass this leg of the Middle Passage were getting a rude awakening after arriving to the New World.
After arriving in the New World, the terms of their labor varied before 1680. Africans would either be enslaved for life or a period of years because at this point, large numbers of Virginians were bound and not free. Many Africans died before serving out their time and slowly but surely many colonies began to institute slavery and by 1680 made new African slaves, slaves for life.
In entirety, the Transatlantic slave trade was a period in world history that will never be forgotten because of the lives lost and the harsh treatment and discrimination of a particular race. But, the Transatlantic slave trade has made it where Africans are dispersed all over the world and integrated the

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