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Unformatted text preview: The Atlantic Slave T rade • 15 th century – 19 th Century, approximately 12 million African Slaves transported to America’s (peaked 18 th Century) o 6 million Africans transported in 18 th Century o numbers do not include Africans who died in transit or while waiting for shipping waiting to cross • Slavery not a new concept, but Atlantic Slave Trade was unique o First time in history slavery became associated with a single race o Unique because of huge numbers, never before seen 1. The Atlantic System • Slave trade apart of even larger slave trade, referred to as the Atlantic System • Triangular network of trade linking Western Europe, Africa and the Americas o 1 st link: Paid for slaves by bringing manufactured goods to Africa Included textiles, weapons Alcohol Tobacco Sometimes paid for slaves with iron or copper bars o 2 nd link: Slaves were being brought from Africa to Americas o 3 rd link: Slaves were being sold off, after selling off the slaves Europeans bought the commodities that were being produced on colonial plantations plantations included, coffee, sugar, tobacco and rice, all with crucial help of slave labour...
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- Spring '10
- Atlantic Slave Trade, Africans, slave t rade