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James Walvin, portrays the significance of the events which took place between the 16 th and 18 th century, how it shaped the World and the lives of the Africans today in the 21 st century. History to most men is not clear. They believe what they have been told in their childhood or what they study in their school. For example, we all feel pity for all those slaves been treated badly in those days, but who were the ones who treated them badly? Our forefathers were the ones who were responsible for treating the Africans poorly. “The enforced movement of more than eleven million Africans onto the Atlantic slave ships, and the scattering of over ten million survivors across the colonies of the Americas between the late sixteen and the early nineteenth centuries, transformed the face of the Americas.” 1 Walvin, starts his articles by this sentence. By Americas, one should think not only North America but also include South America, and the Caribbean Islands. From this article, I feel the author is stressing upon a couple of subjects which had an impact not only on the Americas but did affect the world in many ways. The amount of trade and goods manufactured leading to early we can call Globalization, the beginning of racism and differentiating man with respect to his color and race, and the culture of the slaves in the Caribbean. The trade taking place in the Caribbean was the beginning of the global trade which has
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This note was uploaded on 10/14/2011 for the course UGC 211 taught by Professor Bramen during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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