Economic Viability Of The Slave Trade System

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How Did Economic Viability of The Slave Trade System in relation to The Productivity of Slave Agriculture Change over Time?

The transatlantic slave trade which took place during the mid-seventeenth century until the late eighteenth century is observed as one of the largest forced migrations (Lewis, et Al., 2009, 2). The discovery of the America’s pursued by European nations led to the uncovering of significant luxury goods and precious metals such as sugar, coffee, and gold (Eltis, 2008, 1). The slave trade resulted in African slaves that were trafficked from Africa to the America’s to be used as labor supply to mass produce these goods on plantations set up along the coast. These luxury products in its primary form were produced at these plantations and were transported back to Europe to satisfy the high demand for luxury goods (Eltis, 2008, 4).
Over the period where the transatlantic slave trade was active, the relationship between the economic viability of the slave trade system and the agricultural productivity of slaves offset each other and move with each other. The research presented has demonstrated that mortality rates of slaves and transportation costs affected the economic viability to sustain the slave trade which would then affect agricultural slave productivity on the plantations within the Caribbean. What has been examined throughout the research findings conveys the idea that in the beginning of the slave trade, high transportation costs and high mortality…
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