The Slave Trade

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Through the transportation use of the asientistas, the slave trade was constantly changing and integrated with the whole Atlantic economy. From 1595 to 1773, a total of 648,688 slaves, or an annual average of 3,381 slaves every year for the 178 years of trade. However, as with many economic understandings and studies changes are more important than the totals. Therefore, the changing sources of supply and destinations are of more importance. With Spanish records, the Guinea of Cape Verde and the region just south of Congo mouth were the main sources of slaves arriving to Spanish-America. More recently in 1997, Hugh Thomas published one of his better known works “The Slave Trade: The History of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1440 - 1870.” In his piece here Thomas speaks to the morals and ethics behind slavery as well as how the international profit-making business got started. At the very beginning, Columbus himself became a slave trader in the new Atlantic business, and thus the slave economy began. “Very slowly, black slaves also began to be seen in the new Spanish imperial possessions. But this occurred without fanfare, and with false starts.” However, when the Spanish Crown heard the requests of many of its officials in the New World, they started to allow the supply of African workers. It grew rapidly and between 1529 and 1537 the Crown gave over 350 licenses to slavers to carry African workers to Peru. And less than 50 years later a constant supply was delivered to help

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