The Transatlantic Slave Trade Laid At The Center Of A Complex Global Commercial System

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Nash (2015) starts off saying “The African slave trade, which began in the late 15th century and continued for the next 400 years, is one of the most important and tragic phenomena in the history of the modern world” (p. 113). The transatlantic slave trade laid at the center of a complex global commercial system. It was also the cause of international rivalries and tensions on three continents. It 's generally seen as a 'trade ' since it revolved around transactions, or a form of exchange, between the African sellers and the European buyers of captives. Indeed, it would have been impossible for European slave traders to venture into Africa and procure African captives without some African involvement – African kingdoms and societies were too strong and well organised. The development of the trade started out small but grew in great quantities, as well as, affecting the American colonies in the production of plantations to help grow and export goods to the Europeans and England.
The development of enslaved Africans began with its origins in the explorations of Portuguese mariners down the coast of West Africa in the 16th century. After Portugal had succeeded in establishing sugar plantations in northern Brazil around 1545, Portuguese merchants on the West African coast began to supply enslaved Africans to the sugar planters there. The first Europeans to use African slaves in the New World were the Spaniards, who sought auxiliaries for their conquest expeditions and…

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