The Indian Slave Trade : The Rise Of The English Empire

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During colonialism of the United States, the massive need for labor among the colonies spurred the economic importance of slave labor, in particular, Indian slave labor. Alan Gallay emphasizes the South Carolina colony from its settlement in 1670 until 1717 in his nonfictional novel, The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717. In his book, Gallay recreates the conditions during this time period to explain slave trade and its influence on European settlements as well as Indian lifestyle. When searching for first hand detailed information regarding the Indian slave trade, many authors attempt to include their own analysis of the circumstances these people lived and acted upon. In The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717, Alan Gallay acknowledges this struggle and aims to separate his opinion so that his readers can create their own ideas and judgment. Using this method, Gallay assesses the documents left behind by the English, French, and Spanish colonial empires and presents his readers a new perspective on colonialism. These documents ranged widely from reports, letters, and statistical analyses from colonial officers, private citizens, and soldiers. He also uses different readings about colonialism from a variety of eras. Gallay’s research and use of respectable documentation to support his book demonstrate he not only used sufficient evidence to support his claims but also

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