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The event was supported by the change in moral, religious and humanitarian reasons observed among the citizens.
The triangle of trade consisted of three journeys: the outward passage from Europe to Africa with the manufactured goods, the middle passage from Africa to the Americas or the Caribbean’s which carried African captives and commodities and lastly, the homeward passage which carried goods back to Europe (National Maritime Museum).
The slave trade made the bulk of the labor force of the New World. They comprise of the bulk of workers in the sugar plantation which is the most labor intensive crop, while some also work in harvesting coffee, cotton and tobacco and some also helped in mining (Wikimedia Foundations Inc.). The cheap labor has been Europe’s power, shipping around 6000-8000 African slaves every year (National Musuems Liverpool).
The trafficiking of Africans has been the business of the rich and powerful where both the monarchy and the church has benefitted much so that it comprised 80% of the total British trade, helping in the development of banking and insurance, ship building and several manufacturing industries (Adi).
Eric Williams, the showed that the profit from the trafficking has financed England’s industrialization process, that it has become a very essential element to the Industrial Revolution and has brought much wealth to Europe (Wikimedia Foundations Inc.).
There has been much speculation as to the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Humanitarian reasons were cited such as of morality and religion. The humanitarian reason is largely a work of William Wilberforce, who was a British politican and philantrophist who led the movement to abolish slave trade, however, the economic reasons for the abolition cannot be discarded.
Many believe that the slave trade was abolished mainly for economic reasons such as argued by Eric Williams. The simple reason was slavery as a form of labor has become unviable
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No African origin was ever as prominent slaveholders as they later became. It had altered the societal structure of the country and capturing and selling of slaves across the Atlantic boosted up and stimulated the expansion of slavery within Africa. And the system of slavery became the central element to societies all across the African continent.
The conclusion from this study states that the Trans-Atlantic slave trade was characterized by inhuman treatment of African slaves who were captured from parts of West and Central Africa and transported across the Atlantic to the Americas. In the Americas, the slaves worked in plantations and industries the European colonies.
Tidal currents have been for centuries limited the trade, but the emergence of new seafaring technologies enhanced traversing of the Atlantic Ocean. According to historian John Thornton, various geographical and technical factors necessitated exploitation of Africans for slaves by Europeans.
The Muslim in North Africa dominated the sub-Saharan trade well into the first half of the 15th Century. The Portuguese did not want to clash with these North African Muslim Arabs, and when they wanted to trade with Africa, they traveled through to the west coast of Africa.
The trans-Atlantic trade involved the trade between the North America, Europe and Africa through a system called the triangular trade. It started when Christopher Columbus discovered the New World. Since then according to Karen Bravo (2007), the two European powers, Spain and Portugal initiated the transport of African slaves in the New World to replace the indigenous inhabitants in America who became victims of the colonists' "depredations, disease and labour demands" (p.
As an anti-slavery activist, he wrote a powerful autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, which became a best seller in the changing atmosphere. It is a moving story, a dreadful account of human brutality on simple, powerless people, who had no strength to retaliate against merciless economic and military power.
The ultimate degradation and dehumanization of slaves singularly characteristic of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was the reduction of human beings to mere commodities and labor units. The minimum amount of food, clothing, and shelter was given to those slaves who
a, this was shortly before mid of 15 century they instantaneously started grasping Africans and taking them to Europe (Spain and Portugal) to work as slaves. Significant development took place in 16 century when European capitalists recognized that they could make massive