Slave Trade In Medieval Europe

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Register to read the introduction… At this time, many Arabs and Europeans participated in the capturing and enslaving of black Africans for economic gains in Medieval Europe. The lucrative caravan route in gold from North Africa to Sub Saharan Africa intensified trade amongst the Europeans and Africans, with southern Europe depending heavily upon African gold. Because of the growing demand for gold, Europeans started to increase their trade with Africa with the Portuguese being at the forefront of the European powers. The Portuguese were disappointed by the small amounts of gold that they were able to obtain so they soon turned to slaves as a primary source of trade. Over time the amount of slaves who were imported into the Iberian Peninsula grow at a steady rate, with a Portuguese company establishing a slave trading company in 1444. That same year, Prince Henry of Portugal, the Church of Lagos, the Franciscans of Cape Saint Vincent, and various other Portuguese citizens who held power appropriated over 240 African slaves. The city of Lagos became a very important urban setting for slave trade, becoming the port of entry for African slaves during post-Medieval Europe. The oldest slave market in Europe is located in Lagos with the first market being opened in the 15th century AD, suggesting the growing inclination of African slavery in an urban …show more content…
Queen Elizabeth I was quoted in 1556 as stating that “there were too many blackamoors in the country and they should be returned to Africa.” France, like England, started to follow suit after the Portuguese by the 17th century AD. Although, the black populations of Spain and Portugal reached its peak in the early 16th century AD, the Iberian Peninsula started to see a decline of Africans with most being absorbed into society. England and France started to experience the opposite effect with many planters returning from the Americas with their black slaves. The French court officially had laws against slavery, but many clauses from the Americas kept those who were brought into the country from the Americas as slaves. By the 18th century AD, there were over 2,000 black Africans living almost entirely in the cosmopolitan capital of

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