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Subordinate Groups 1 Running Head: Subordinate Groups Subordinate Groups Idris Malone Axia College of Phoenix University ETH125v6 Racquel L. Foxworth 10/30/2010
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Subordinate Groups 2 How did the African Americans arrive in the United States? African Americans originated to the United States by the way of the slave trade. According to PBS.org, (n.d.), “Slavery began with the Portuguese, who went to West Africa in search of gold” (PBS.org, n.d.). The purpose of the exploration: to expand European geographic knowledge, to find the source of prized African gold, and to locate a possible sea route to valuable Asian spices (PBS.org, n.d.). The myth of Africa’s land harboring gold became a reality. Ports and sea routes were built for transporting gold and a new freight, “Africans”. The idea of using Africans as slaves spread like a wild fire on a hot and humid day. According to PBS.org, (n.d.), “Slavery became a highly profitable system for white plantation owners in the colonial South” (PBS.org, n.d.). In South Carolina, successful slave owners, such as the Middleton family from Barbados, established a system of full-blown, Caribbean-style slavery (PBS.org, n.d.). Charleston, Carolina became the capitol trading post for slaves in North America. Secondly, the reason for enslaving Africans was due to their knowledge of growing and harvesting rice in wetlands. Whites had a vision of enslaving Africans as a source of cheap labor to grow crops thus making a profit. As rice boomed, land owners found the need to import more African slaves to clear the swamps where the rice was grown and to cultivate the crop (PBS.org, n.d.). Due to the success of cheap labor and turning a profit, slavery became a part of America’s society. Africans did not have a choice of whether they could stay in Africa or come to America. Those that resisted slave traders were executed. Many Africans met their demise due to harsh treatment and disease on trade ships and working America’s soil. Were the group members facing extermination, expulsion, secession or segregation in their home country? Africans were being exterminated from their home country. An array of
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Subordinate Groups 3 ships took Africans away by the boast loads. There is not a historian or history book that can
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This note was uploaded on 12/18/2010 for the course ETH 125 taught by Professor Jameshenderson during the Fall '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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