To What Extent Did The Needs Of British Manufactur

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The needs of British manufacturers certainly did contribute to the expansion of the slave trade from 1760 – 1800 as they needed all sorts of materials for making what they did, However, there were other factors that contributed as well such as consumer demand, the profitability of the slave trade, the need for a labour force on the plantations and the development of the triangular trading system. Consumer demand was high during the slave trade from all types of industry for example; coal, metal, and ship building materials needed to make the ships that would trade and transport slaves were high on the demand list. It wasn’t just the industries demanding, it was the British public who now had a taste for the Caribbean goods such as sugar, rum, tobacco, coffee and cotton for clothes. The introduction of tobacco had high demand as people would become literally addicted to it. So this was also a key factor in the expansion of the slave trade. The profitability of the slave trade was enormous for any job involved especially people like merchants, bankers and financiers who were very keen to invest in the development of plantations, purchase of slaves and in the building of ships to carry the slaves and goods since they made such huge profits on their original investment. But also the plantation owners who did not have to pay for the labour as the slaves obviously were forced to work with no pay could profit from this. Of course, the slaves, however, did not profit from this at all. At this time there was a need for a labour force to work the lucrative plantations and so this was the basis on which the slave trade was formed. When Britain won the Asiento contract in 1713 to supply Spanish colonies with slaves they gained total dominance of the West African slave trade to the Caribbean and the West Indies. Planters in the West Indies and Caribbean needed a labour force
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