Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Effects on the American Economy

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Transatlantic Slave Trade and the effects on the american economy

Transatlantic Slave Trade The Transatlantic slave trade is a “wrenching aspect of the history of Africa and America” (Colin Palmer). The transatlantic slave trade transported African people to the “New World”. It lasted from the 16th to the 19th century. Slavery has had a big impact on African culture. The Africans were forced to migrate away from everything they knew, culture, heritage and lifestyles (Captive Passage). Coupled with they were faced with racism and overcame life-threaten situations everyday. Nevertheless the Africans preserved and survived tremendous conditions. Even though the slave trade was horrible it still contributed to the economy of the
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The Africans were the source of labor in the Americas from the 15th to 19th century. The Europeans starting the Atlantic slave trade affected both America and Africa. In term of how Africa was affected it affected their society greatly. The big lose that the Africans faced was population, it is estimated that about 50 million Africans were lost, and the majority of Africans lost were strong, fit individuals. Population was also lost through those who fled the country to escape being capture. Africans relied a lot on contact with the outside world to get needed goods but that ended. Not only did they lose many people but those who were in Africa were looked upon as inferior. Africans were seen as a source for cheap labor, and blacks soon got the title of being less intelligent than others. Overall society had the biggest impact, tribal wars became frequent fighting for each others slaves, and laws were changed, making slavery punishable. But people usually did not follow those rules because they were attracted by the economic advantages that came with it. Africans felt very insecure in their own dwellings. On the other hand the Atlantic slave trade did not have that much of a negative impact in the Americas. The slavery help contribute to the development of economy to diversity in the “New World”. The bringing of Africans to the Americas provided the country with more blacks. But unfortunately life was harsh for the Africans, but they did provide an increased

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