The Transatlantic Slave Trade During Colonial America Essay

1829 Words Dec 5th, 2016 8 Pages
According to historian Betty White, “[the] ethnic origins [of African slaves] varied both regionally and over time, but there were some broad patterns that would make possible both the survival and the blending of their different cultural backgrounds and experiences.” As the native labor source in colonial America began to dwindle, plantations owners sought to find more steady, reliable sources of work to produce larger cash crop yields. As a result, the transatlantic slave trade rapidly grew as African slaves seemed to become the most economically beneficial labor source. The system of the transatlantic slave trade had to develop and became more complex as slaves became most West African region’s primary export. More regions of Africa became involved as colonial demand for certain “types” of slaves became increasingly prominent and Africans and slaves that found themselves in the New World, such as the Atlantic creoles and slaves from the kingdom of Kongo, gradually found ways to assimilate to their new lives. As the transatlantic slave trade grew in the seventeenth and eighteen centuries, slaves from certain African regions became more desired, and those slaves brought and utilized their regional, native traditions and practices in the New World. Beginning in the late seventeenth century, it became gradually more imperative for plantation owners in various regions of North America, such as South Carolina and the Chesapeake, to maintain a steady source of strong,…

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