The History Of Slavery In The 16th Century

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Slave is defined as “A person who is the property of and wholly subject to another.” Others defined the term slave as a person held in slavery as the chattel of another, or one that has no power over a dominating influence. For a very long period of time, more than 400 years, the “New World” has captured and brought more than 12 million Africans by around 40,000 ships to enslave them which is nearly or more than 80 slave every day. The new world has enslaved these people for hundreds of years until many revolutions came by skin color people to stop this slavery. After years of struggles and revolutions, the perspective of persons of color has evolved and changed. This paper will also discuss how slaves were being taken away from their families …show more content…
Africans were being collected by other Africans and put them as objects of trade with the Europeans. Then, the Europeans take them in big ships to Brazil and the Caribbean, where the cargo , the slaves, being auctioned off and from there, they brought to Europe or the New World as it was called at that time. They were taken in a very bad, uncleansed ships. Also, they were not feed and therefore many of these captives die from the inhumane conditions that they were living in these voyages. “England gained control of the slave trade under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, and managed the shipment of slaves to Spanish colonies.” Since the colonies gained independence from Spain, slavery had been stopped, and soon later North America started bringing slaves to serve particularly on plantations. Few of these slaves were fortunate enough to be house servants or housemaids, but most performed menial labor in the fields. However, in the mid-1500s, the French political philosopher, Jean Bodin, condemned the actions of the institution of slavery and call them as immoral and unnatural and many people supported him and held the same opinion until the late 18th century, when many abolitionist movements and civil rights began to grow in Europe and the British colonies of the Americas. England ended the slave trade by 1807. The issue of slavery in America led to the bloody American Civil War and then the …show more content…
Historian David Brion Davis states that the Judeo-Christian belief, which believes in one God who rules over people from different backgrounds generally, prevented European Christians from enslaving one another. While a lot of western Europeans converted to Christianity, this religious concept of god preventing Christians from enslaving each other has enabled the decline of slavery in Europe and allowed other rigid social and labor segments in the society to remain. In the beginning of 1500s, European Christians started to believe that slavery was a more devastating punishment than execution for prisoners of war and criminals and should be stopped. However, European Christians did not reject the enslavement of non-Christians and the reason behind that is the ongoing conflicts between Christians and the other faiths within Europe, like the Islamic World in Europe, and later in West and Central Africa, which also included thousands of Muslims and the

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