The Spanish Slave Trade Between 1500 And 1866 Essay

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An early 15th-century traveler would be astounded by the expressions of civilization in this 21st century. He or she would be particularly amazed by today’s “America”. The land, once inhabited by the Aztecs, the Incas, and other indigenous groups, underwent a massive global transformation that began in the late 1400s. The European invasion of the Americas in the late 15th century, the Transatlantic Slave Trade between 1500 and 1866, and the Haitian revolution that characterized the late 18th to early 19th century introduced diversity, economic growth and class equality to the native soils. This left a significant mark not only in the Americas but also in global history. In 1492, Christopher Columbus and his crew set their sails across the Atlantic Ocean with hopes of arriving in the East. However, they mistakenly voyaged their way into the Americas. With the intention of gaining wealth and spreading Christianity, the Spanish launched their ships in the coastal regions of the West Indies. Christopher Columbus, upon arrival, forcefully dominated the land of the “Indians”. In his letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, the Spanish sailor mentioned that as soon as he arrived in Indies, in the first Island which he found, he took by force some of them, in order that they might learn and give him information of that which there is in those parts.1 For the people of the Americas, however, the invasion of their land spiraled into a series of unfortunate events. After the
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