The African American Experience on Slave Labor Student’s Name Course Professor’s Name Date
Surname 2 Introduction Slavery is a system where property principles of law are in application to human beings, that allow persons to own, buy and sell other persons as a dejure property form. There was no ability from a slave to unilaterally withdraw from such arrangements and the slave would work without remuneration. The transatlantic slave trade or Atlantic slave trade encompassed the transportation of Enslaved African people majorly to the Americans. The slave trade frequently utilized the triangular trade and the Middle Passage whose existence was between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The massive majority of the people who were enslaved and transported were individuals from the western and central Africa who were sold by fellow West African to the Western European slave dealers who through coastal raids managed to capture sizeable amount of slaves and transported them to the AmericasThe Carribean and South Atlantic economies were majorly dependent on the secure labor supply to produce commodity crops, clothing and making goods for sale in Europe. The labor was important for the western European nations that in the late seventeen and eighteenth centuries vied with one another in the creation of overseas empires. The Enslavement Most Americans under the influence of the television mini-series images “Roots” by mistake believe that the majority of the slaves were caught by Europeans who came to the Coast of Africa and ambushed individuals. Even though the Europeans were engaged in some slave raiding, a good population of individuals who were transported to the Americas were slaves of other Africans. It is significant to comprehend that the Europeans were not capable of on their own, to kidnap more than twenty million Africans for slavery. The slavery system became so established that the Europeans had minimal contact with the actual enslavement process. The process of Enslavement
Surname 3 The majority of the slaves in Africa were caught in wars of surprise attacks on villages. Adults were gagged and bound while infants were at times ditched into sacks. One of the Early first-hand account of the slave trade in Africa originates from a seaman called Gomes Eannes de Azurara, witnessing a raid by the Portuguese on an African village. The reports that a number of captives chose to drown themselves as others decided to escape by hiding in their huts, the rest heaved their kids amongst the seaweed. The vast majority of individual slaves sold to the Europeans were not slaves in Africa. These people were free citizens who were captives in war or were banditry victims while some were under slavery as a punishment for particular crimes committed . For instance, in the coast of Guinea, Senegambia, and the West African Slave Coast, war was the most crucial source for slaves while in Angola, debt condemnation and kidnapping were significant. In some cases, merchants or rulers did not trade off their subjects, but
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