How did the African Americans arrive in the United States?
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
Were the group members facing extermination, expulsion, secession or segregation in
their home country?
Africans were being exterminated from their home country.
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