Changes, Continuities And Conflicts Between Western Europe, Africa, And The Americas

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Between 1492 and 1750 new trading routes were created and this resulted in new contacts between Western Europe, Africa, and the Americas. These countries formed a triangle of trade that created changes and continuities over time in society and the economy. From 1492 to 1750 societies and economies changed as a result of new Atlantic world contacts western Europe created a social gathering place, African women gained more jobs that were previously the job of men, African women entered into polygamist marriages, slave trade increased in volume form barely occurring to have an overwhelming presence, new American social groups were created in a new mestizo society, the revenue and trading increased in America, and social customs that blended …show more content…
These slaves grew the cash crops of coffee and tobacco in the Americas. These were traded to the Western Europeans that were used in the cash crops in coffee houses. African women changed in the jobs that they performed, they had to do more jobs that were traditionally a man’s work. As a result of most of the men being captured and sold into slavery, there were jobs that needed to be done even though there was a scarcity of men. Africa’s economy became more involved and benefited from the slave trade. Coastal African kingdoms increased their riches by sell of men that they had captured for free, it produced high profits for little economic resources. This increased the amount of money in circulation in Africa and increased their economic interactions with Europe who bought the slaves form the coastal kingdoms. African society’s marriage changed from marriages between two people to marriages of one man and many women, this occurred as a result of a lack of availability of men due to the slave trade capturing and taking young African men who would have been marrying. In parts of the Americas new social groups were created as a result of the new contacts in the …show more content…
The economical height and power of Western Europe was still above Africa and America because they controlled the trade. They controlled the trade in the Americas by taxing and in Africa by taking the Africans as slaves and using European ships to the Americas to get money and goods in exchange, so they profited both times. The extra-regional influence of the Chinese trading for silver created a revenue in the Americas, This revenue was taxed and part of it also went to help the western European economy continue to be above America and Africa’s. The society of Africa continued with family groups that lived together even though there was an increase in coastal power due to the Western Europeans buying slaves for America there was still the family groups that lived together in small societies. Society in Africa continued to have men over women and be a patriarchy because the women were forced to have one husband while the husband could be married to many women at the same time. In the Americas specifically North America, their continued to be a separation in society between the Natives and European settlers. The European settlers came with more women than the Spanish and Portuguese conquistadors in Latin America. The presence of European woman made marrying an individual of African or native origin unnecessary so any mixed people were alienated and there

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