Destiny Williams - Unit 4: Impacts of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Student Handout (APWH)

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Unit 4: Causes & Impacts of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Inquiry Lesson Today’s Inquiry Questions What were the causes of the trans-Atlantic slave trade? What were the long-term impacts of the trans-Atlantic slave trade on American and African societies? Doc Information Gained What were the causes and/or impacts of the African slave trade? Doc Information Gained What were the causes and/or impacts of the African slave trade? 1 Maps Some main causes of the trade were the colonies that European countries were starting to develop, iron bars, cloth, and cowries. By providing guns, Europeans increased warfare and political instability in West Africa 2 BBC Article The causes were rich people got richer, increased warfare, social impact of slavery, warlords in control, famine, and the destruction of traditional cultures. One impact was that African rulers exchanged captives for guns. Rulers were in competition with each other, so the acquisition of guns provided an edge over their rivals. This increased their drive to capture and sell slaves. The new availability of guns was a direct consequence of the slave trade. 3 Slave Ship Doctor Primary Source The cause was forced labor because they needed help building their economy. It had an impact because many

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