Regional Differences Of Enslavement

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March 7, 2011 Dr. Hill Midterm The Regional Differences of Enslavement To fully understand the global aspect of African Diaspora, you must first grasp the meaning of the world Diaspora, which is the movement of a population from their homeland. The capture of Africans caused a greater dispersal of Africans around the world resulting in an identity change in populations developed from their new location. The trans-Atlantic slave trade brought numerous of Africans, under forced and brutal condition to the “New World”. Enslavement in the “New World” had regional variations; slavery in Brazil was different compared to slavery in America and The Caribbean. After Africans arrived in the Americas, their identity changed to enslaved persons. The treatment of these slaves was harsher in some regions but nonetheless all slaves were treated badly. Brazil’s slavery stood out because majority of the slaves were imported into Brazil and the percentages of slave distribution were like no others. The majority of the slave population was children and males, with children accounting for 40%. Although the population of enslaved persons was large, the amount of slaves who died was large as well, due to mistreatment and diseases. In contrast to Brazil, The Caribbean had large productive lands that were transformed into sugarcane, cocoa, coffee, and cotton plantations. Sugarcane plantations were considered most dangerous because they had the highest slave and infant mortality rates. Because of these high mortality rates and large plantations, The Caribbean constantly spent money to replace enslaved workers. Instead of reproducing slaves within their own population, The Caribbean bought new recruits. Life as a women slave in The Caribbean was just as harsh as an enslaved male, working 18-hour long days and being abused and tortured. I believe that although
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