Cause, Effects and Significance Timeline (World History, Connexus)

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1518 - First boatload of slaves brought directly from Africa to the Americas Cause: Europeans accustomed to slavery were coming to the Americas. Effects: Slavery helped owners gain wealth and property. The United States grew and slavery eventually became a necessity for the Southern Plantation owners. Driven by humanitarian and economic reasons the country became divided and erupted into Civil War. Significance: Slavery brought Africans to America, challenged this country to look at all men as equals and made us leaders in the world for civil rights of mankind. Cause: The ability for ships to sail to America and the greed of slave ship captains made slavery in a new frontier, America, inevitable. Effect: The widespread supply and demand for slavery caused civil unrest within Africa and turned many groups against one another. Eventually these groups became part of the slave trade and provided slaves from their own tribes. Significance: This vicious cycle caused economic and political unrest, ultimately weakening Africa’s economic, political and social stability. 1775 - The American Revolution Causes: New British laws were passed that regulated trade and taxes. The new laws created tension between the imperial officials and the Colonists. Effects: The Colonists signed the Declaration of Independence, won the Revolutionary War and were separated from England. Significance: The United States to this day remains a democracy and has set a standard for Democratic freedoms worldwide. Causes: The Proclamation of 1763 restricted Colonists from moving west. This caused the Colonist to develop a greater mistrust for the British parliament. The British Parliament appeared to be siding with the Indians and desired to keep all Colonists within a restricted area for better access. Effects: Many colonist had been given land grants in exchange for
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