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Unformatted text preview: exploration of new lands and the expansion of the new world market. Rediker describes plantations as machines because they were, like the ships, tools for economic expansions and growth. The plantations needed labor and slaves to work the fields. Plantations fueled the demand for slave labor which raised the demand for more natural resources. At this time the world was growing at a rapid rate and there was a very high demand for commodities. To make these things they needed natural resources, which is where plantation come in. Plantations were able to mass produce resources cheaply through slave labor and where able to fuel the world economy like a machine....
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- Spring '08