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Modern plantation slavery as we know it is

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Unformatted text preview: Cuba, Brazil, slavery peaks after independence. Brazil sustained slavery until 1888. Greeks, romans, etc. Romans bring into focus the relationship between warfare and slavery. Slavery has almost always been a status reserved for those captured in war, somehow defined as “other” (religious, racial/ethnic). Modern plantation slavery, as we know it, is historically powerfully linked to one commodity: SUGAR. Sugar and slavery are so linked that they are almost a single term. The emergence of plantation slavery, and the time of sugar and slavery together in a European dominated colonial world comes from the Crusades. If Europe was the underdeveloped in 1500, the Crusades around the year 1000 were ridiculous. No centralized state, rather alliances of princes mobilized forces to march through the Balkans to the Middle East to reclaim the holy lands. No supply lines/train. Economic and food sustenance is based on their ability to extract from the area they are in. Ideologically easier to extract from “others” than from “us” European crusaders take control of Crete and Cyprus, become key staging...
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