The Caribbean And The Slave Trade In The Caribbean

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The Ottoman Empires blockage of the once popular trade route to the east, led to the exploration of the America’s. In the late 15th century, with the European’s goal to find a new trading route, the Portuguese, with their strong maritime power, were the first to venture out. Not only was the establishment of a new trade route crucial, but so was the discovery of resources to exploit for European gain. Land empires formed, bringing about the enslavement of native populations, and control of production and labor. No more was this evident than in the Caribbean Islands. Small but crucial assets to Europe, why did the Caribbean islands have such a big impact on the slave trade? Many European countries had colonized several regions in North and South America, yet there was something about the Caribbean’s that made them indispensable to their respective economies. The politics in Europe, the Caribbean’s fertile soil, and its demographics were key factors in the Caribbean’s importance. All three factors were essential in the Caribbean becoming a staple in the slave trade.
The world capitalist system emerged when Europe became the hub of trade – which was made possible by the fortunes they amassed through colonization. Having just begun to develop into a world hegemonic power through trade, credit and market systems, Europeans organized largescale agricultural plantations in the Caribbean’s. The power and force that was exerted between European powers, particularly in the America’s
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