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Unformatted text preview: able to work to grow tobacco. Being the Chesapeakes supporting asset, tobacco growers took up interest in purchasing African slaves. By 1500, enslaved Africans composed about one tenth of the population of Lisbon, Portugal, and Seville, Spain. In 1555 slavery was brought to England, and the English became accustomed to black slaves on the streets. Commodities produced by slaves in turn boosted exports and trade, and the need to feed and clothe slaves helped New Eng-land grow by selling cheap goods to slaves. The English took control of colonial trade brought on by the Navigation Act, and permitted American goods to be sold to only England. The policy was negative for Chesapeake planters because they were no longer able to sell their crops to for-eign markets....
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