18th Century American Slave Trade

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History has proven in many points has proven that growth within a country is trade, and a market. As countries grow the population demands different goods, and some become more valued than others. Some countries grow into vast empires, because of the economy built around these trades. The Netherlands and Portugal became great empires, due to the importance of trade, slave trade, and companies that helped power trade.
Different trade goods create different economies, and different industries. Some of these industries could be as simple as textile manufacturing, sugar refining, and some type form a movement to developing a homegrown Tobacco. Each of these industries helped push a golden age upon the Dutch Empire. The top trade good, was textiles; after warfare between different city-states the textile industry exploded, the growth so large that the Dutch had to import English wool. The second largest industry was the sugar refinery, which resulted from colonial conquest, of the Caribbean. “Once the Atlantic sugar islands began to surpass Mediterranean sugar production. Once Antwerp fell to Spanish troops during the Revolt, however, Amsterdam replaced it as Europe’s dominant sugar refiner.” (Harreld) The number of sugar refineries in
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These routes transported, Kola Nuts, Gold, Salt, Ivory, and wood from native trees. These routes where used not only to transport these good, but also to take African Slaves to the Slave Coast, and other coast for easy access to the slave merchants. The main coasts to which the Dutch traded slaves from were Senegal, Sierra Leon, Congo, and Angola. The routes made way to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mexico City, Mexico, Richmond, USA, and New Orleans, USA. Between some of these cities, the slave trade became a leading industry for the Dutch Empire, along with any Empire that had access to the trading of slaves. Among these countries; two rose to
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