African Slave Trade in American History

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“African Slave Trade in American History”
Slavery has taken place throughout the world since before ancient times, and the act of trading slaves was a common act throughout the world for centuries. Slavery previously existed in certain parts of Africa, Europe, Asia, and also in America before the beginning of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. What initially started out as an enormous search for trade in gold, spices, and etc., ended up turning into an callous human trading system of exporting African slaves, which would continue for well over 400 years. In the late 15th century, Europeans and Arabs removed slaves from the West, Central and Southeast Africa overseas during the African slave trade era. The European establishment of Africa
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In most cases the original people that were chosen for labor had proved that they were unreliable and most of them were dying from diseases brought over from Europe. The Europeans were unequipped to become acclimated to the different climates in which they suffered very major tropical diseases. Africans, on the other hand, were outstanding workers: “they often had experience of agriculture and keeping cattle, they were used to a tropical climate, resistant to tropical diseases, and they could be "worked very hard" on plantations or in mines.”
The Portuguese proceeded to the kidnapping of men, woman, and children from many African tribes from the west coast of Africa and to take those that were captured to Europe and various other countries. By the seventeenth century the Trans-Atlantic slave trade was in full operation, reaching its peak towards the end of the nineteenth century. “More than 15 million Africans were forced to leave Africa to cross the Atlantic to be sold into slavery. In addition, millions of Africans lost their lives because of slave retaliation or during their forced transportation to the ships where they would be transported to the Americas.” Many of the Africans that were enslaved were previously prisoners of war or became prisoners from slave attacks that took place during their capture. As the need for slaves increased, so did the practice of organized slave attacking, which increased in scope and
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