The Atlantic Slave Trade And Analyse What And How Much, African Political And Economic Interests Shaped The Trade

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This essay will briefly define and describe the Atlantic slave trade and analyse what, and how much, African political and economic interests shaped the trade up to 1807/8, the point when the United States and Great Britain abolished the trade; also contending that because the suppliers for the slaves i.e the Africans themselves, had as much of a significant role in the trade as the demanders (the Europeans), numerous African political and economic interests as well as social structures had an almost pivoting role in shaping the nature and expanse of the Atlantic slave trade. This piece of writing will also attempt to illustrate the changes over the period of slavery before 1807, where European influence and pressure likely increased in the later period, after the first century and a half; contending that the Africans had more significant part to play in the initial stages of the trade, but as it enlarged the Europeans conceivably had a more significant role in the exploitation and manipulation of African slaves due to several factors, primarily through arming of Africans and inciting war within the continent.

The Atlantic or ‘Occidental’ slave trade began with the Portuguese on the West African coast in the 15th century, advancing constantly till the 19th century, with a key turning point in the mid 17th century with the booming sugar industry dominating the demand for slave labour. The European demand for slaves was a result of their intentness in…

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