Slavery: The Atlantic Economy In The 18th Century

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I choose to talk about how slavery was very vital in the Atlantic economy in the 18th century. When most people talk about or think about slavery, they look at how it affected the US. The Atlantic Slave Trade had a huge effect on the US but there are no words or expressions that can describe the effects it had on Africa and its family’s. To understand the effects this had on Africa you must consider the families that lost relatives, the stores that lost business, and even the friends that lost friendships. None of the misfortunes can be brought back or replaced. The many lives that were taken can never be brought back to life. This not only affected the African culture when it happened but also it affects today’s societies in Africa. The overall net effect of the Atlantic Slave Trade on Africa could never be estimated unless you are inside one of the relatives of a slave. These slaves died for no other apparent reason than the color of their skin. The Atlantic slave trade was the purchase and transport of Africans…show more content…
According to Wood (1990) he states that “slavery was an essential part of the earliest multinational systems of credit and trade which arose in the 15th and 16th centuries” (p.96). The African slave trade also stimulated European shipping, manufacturing, and gun making. Slavery played an essential role in the growth of commercial capitalism in the colonies; slavery was the essential to creating wealth. Slaves where very important because it meant that plantations could plant large amounts of crops and own workers without having to pay them. “Slavery was important to the southeast regain, because of slaves, most of the southeast made money off cash crops which helped them but more slaves, and also more land”

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