Sugar before the invention of modern commercial

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Unformatted text preview: SO, with Europeans poised to discover the New World, slavery starts to become a powerful and accepted force. We have largely ignored that there were brief and important experiments with sugar/slavery plantations in the Caribbean. E.g. after the depopulation of Santo Domingo. Cuba experiments, too. But to make a complicated story simple, once silver was found, it was another clear point of evidence that capital will flow to the most profitable endeavor. Capital in the Spanish empire, e.g. Dutch, Spanish, Genoese, etc. flows to the silver mines. “Trinket” meant hardware in 1600s, so the Indians traded lands for hardware, not shiny beads. There are bushes, originally from west Africa, that produce a very good...
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This document was uploaded on 03/23/2014 for the course HIST 158 at Georgetown.

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