slavery paper - Chris Duenas Sramek History 101B11 February...

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Chris Duenas Sramek History 101B- 11 February 2008 Two different times, two different views on a tragedy In one the native African languages known as Kiswahili, the word Maafa is used in the description of the African holocaust or in other words the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade. Maafa, meaning “disaster” or “terrible occurrence” is used in numerous reports, articles, and many other writings relating to the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade. When referring the nickname of “African holocaust”, the word Holocaust is not meant to be a pleasant word by any means but in the letter by William Bosman, written in 1700, he creates a false sense of reality in dealing with the treatment of the African slaves. The entire letter written by Bosman makes the act and business of slave trading seem nice and pleasant. In some points Bosman even tries to justify the business of slavery to be better because some of the slaves are P.O.W (Prisoners Of War) and are being put into slavery to work off their crimes. But, if you look back to King Nzinga Mbembas letter to the king of Portugal, King Mbembas is pleading for help because the Portuguese and the current process of the slave trade is hurting the country, instead of helping the country of Africa grow economically. At this point in time, King Mbemba has no official organized way of controlling the way Africans are being taken from his country. King Mbemba states” And we cannot reckon how great the damage is. ..” (Reilly 72). In both articles, the views of the slave trade are completely different. One from the beginning of the slave trade and written from the point of view from someone suffering from the trade in the year of 1526, while the other article is from the point of view of a slave trader from the year 1700. William Bosman gives a point of view that is completely different from King Mbemba. Bosman describes a well established way of trading and buying slaves. Slave traders must purchase slaves from the government at set
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Duenas 2 prices and if slaves were not available at that time then traders must wait, while the government would travel and gather a group of slaves. This operation of slave trading is much more efficient and effective compared to when King Mbemba ruled. Africa was rich in resources and primarily gold, this is what initially brought in the majority of European and Portuguese traders to Africa between 1450 and 1650. For many of these years slaves were not the trader’s main concern because the main focus of trade was still gold. At the same time, Brazil is becoming the largest sugar growing country in the world. Labor was needed to meet the demand of sugar and slave labor was an obvious choice. The closest
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