Slavery Of The British Colonies Essay

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Slavery in the British Colonies During the 1600s and 1700s, slavery was being immersed into life in the British colonies. The economy was greatly supported by and even thrived because of the growth of slavery in the early colonial economy. The geographic location of the colonies (which effected the crops that grew in each region), social factors (such as religion and overall acceptance into society), and economic factors contributed greatly to the success of slavery and furthermore the economy of the early British colonies. Slavery was first brought to the Americas by the Portuguese in the late 1400s. The Treaty of Tordesillas of 1494 divided the New World between Spain and Portugal. In this treaty, Portugal was given the land of what would later become Brazil. After exploring the African coastline and seeing people being bought or traded for goods, the Portuguese bought a number of Africans and brought them to land in the New World and to be put to work in the region of Brazil. Over time, the Portuguese set up trading posts along the western African coast for trading goods and slaves. This became a crucial part of the early success of the colonial American economy. Spanish also actively participated in the spread of slavery though the Americas. The Spanish attempted to use Indians as slaves but they soon died of disease so they decided to buy African slaves instead. They put these slaves to work in the Caribbean colonies. Africans made ideal workers because they had a…

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