A Study On Atlantic Slave Trade

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Sydney Abbott 11/20/14 History 2010 Professor Robinson Atlantic Slave Trade PART I Many historians will argue that the institution of enslaving Africans in European cultures was merely a commercial solution to an economic problem, not a result of racism. Slavery throughout history existing in the America and the New World has been mainly identified with “the Negro slave.” Although, the truth is that slaves of the New World were of all different religious denominations and ethnicities, not strictly African. In fact, in Spain, England, and France the largest demographic of slaves was Indian. Following the Indian was the poor white slave or indentured servant of European descent. White kidnapped slaves were sold and traded on ships to sail overseas to the West Indies. Among those kidnapped, convicts were a large source of white labor. It was up until civil unrest in England taking place between 1640 and 1740 that the supply of white labor would falter. White laborers created rivalries and rebellions against their own mother countries, where ideas of independence were rampant which proved to be difficult for owners to handle. The majority of the supply of white laborers were serving in the manufacturing industry which left no labor for plantations at the start of the Plantation Generation. Costs were rising for white laborers and they were more likely to escape from a plantation and seek freedom. Africans, on the other hand were seen as “outsiders”, where escape would prove
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