Week 1 Summary - Sabine Justilien The fact that the term...

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Sabine Justilien The fact that the term slavery was only introduced as a means of describing African forced labor is incredulous. Starting in 1598, the Spanish established a system of encomienda that took on a primal nature as it comes to labor. It is inaccurate to say that with the harshness of this labor system, that the English indentured servitude and then the slave trade, was a natural progression in the constant search for helpful labor. One can assume that the rigidity and brutality that the planters exhibited on their indentured servants, whose life spans did not last very long, was not far-fetched from the well-known inhumanity of slavery. However, the British’s conscious decision to ignore their fellow Europeans in search for harvesting their crops, such as tobacco and indigo, and turn to a continent where the expenses were greater, Africa, is cowardly and an inconvenience. Their Catholic neighbors, Ireland, was protected by their religious brethren, the Spanish and the countries even further could have represented a malleable workforce, but the ‘white’
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Week 1 Summary - Sabine Justilien The fact that the term...

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