Slavery in Brazil

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Edmund Burke, the acclaimed author and philosopher once said, “Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.” Between the 16th and 19th century in the Americas, millions on millions of slaves were brought to the New World. There purpose was to work. The economy of most European colonies in America was dependent on slaves. The land that was discovered in Americas was useless with out sufficient slave labor to exploit it. In this essay, I will focus on two nations where slavery played an enormous role in the development of that country. First, The United States, where in 1860 in South Carolina over 50 percent of the population were slaves. Next, Brazil, the nation where about one third of all salves from Africa were brought. In this essay I…show more content…
Another popular triangular route taken was ships from the U.S colonies would take rum and other products to Africa in exchange for Slaves. From there, the slaves were taken to Brazil and the Caribbean and sold for profit or sold for sugar and molasses to take back to the U.S where then the sugar and molasses was sold to rum makers. In general, the slave trade was horrific and inhumane, however, it is the reason that the U.S and Brazil were able to maintain a steady economy. Although there were many similarities between the Brazilian slaves and the U.S slaves, there were quite a few specific differences as well. One of the largest differences in slavery between Brazil and the U.S was demographic. Generally speaking, the Brazilian slaves were usually decreasing while the U.S slaves were usually increasing. This is due to several reasons. First, the Brazilians had a much lower proportion of female slaves compared to the U.S who had an equal sex ratio. In Brazil, due to the lack of female slaves, they had a much lower birth rate then the U.S did. Both the death rate and suicide rate was also higher in Brazil compared to the U.S. Due to the low birthrate and the high death rate, Brazil had trouble to maintain a population resulting in having to continuously import slaves. On the other hand, the average number of children born to an early 19th century U.S slave woman was 9.2; this is twice as many as Brazil and the Caribbean. All these reasons are why Brazil
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