Slave Trade

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Slave Trade Many times discussions about slavery examine the everlasting racial impact of the practice. However, the reality is that Africans sold Africans into the slave trade, which, at that time, was far more motivated by finances than by any underlying racial motivation. Looking at the Great Circuit, and how African traders and political leaders impacted the slave trade, one sees Africans playing a significant role in the early slave trade. However, there were differences in how the slave trade operated in different regions in Africa, giving different local leaders different amounts of control. The Great Circuit was a network of trade routes connecting Europe, Africa, and the Americas. The Great Circuit ran in a clockwise direction, from Europe to Africa, Africa to the Americas and from the Americas to Europe. The stretch from Africa to the Americas is more commonly referred to as the Middle Passage. While some consider the Triangular Trade to be separate from the Great Circuit, others consider it to be a separate trading route. It involved rum from New England to West Africa, slaves from West Africa to the West Indies, and molasses and rum to New England. The traders expected to make a profit in each part of the Great Circuit. The traders carried hardware, guns, and Indian cotton from Europe to Africa. From Africa, they carried slaves to the Americas. From the Americas, the traders carried plantation goods back to Europe. The Great Circuit could be tremendously

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