Increased power due to slave trade – received guns
2/3 of exports were slaves
Influence of Europeans
Portuguese contact with Asante at Fort of El Mina
Gun / slave trade
Impact of Slave Trade
Power declined with end of slave trade in 1800s
Use of slave trade provided rulers with great wealth and power – led to conflict with European
Fell to British in 1901 after a long war
Absolute Monarch called Uzama (Chief)
Eware the Great
Independent city-states joined together
Already established before Europeans
Known for bronze statues
Economy was based on spices, ivory, and textiles
Began to exchange slaves for guns but tried to limit slave trade – increased due to European pressure and need for weapons
Influence of Europeans
Increased slave trade began to overshadow other industry
Guns increased Benin power in the region
Impact of Slave Trade
Kingdom disintegrated in 1700s as a result of civil wars and rulers’ greed over the slave trade.
Absolute Monarch called ManiKongo (king)
Claimed Divine Right
Traded pottery and iron goods
Agriculture – corn introduced in 1600s from Americas
Slave trade – for guns with Portuguese.
Influence of Europeans
Christianity is spread – King converts
Guns for slaves impact power of Kongo
Portuguese interference in political, economic, religious concerns – Pope
Impact of Slave Trade
Merchants offset ruling families
Corrupting influence of slave trade
Kingdom falls by 1800s – Divided into small states.
FORCED IMMIGRATION The Atlantic Slave Trade “ Humanity is divided into two -- the masters and the slaves.” ~Aristotle
Do Now: Few human practices have provoked such deep and widespread outrage as the practice of one human being enslaving another. Yet, the institution of slavery is as old as civilization. Why has slavery survived for thousands of years? Examine “A World of Slavery”
The institution of slavery was present in Africa long before the arrival of Europeans on its shores.
Slaves were usually prisoners of war, conquered peoples, debtors or criminals.
In the early 19th century, caravans of 18,000 to 20,000 Africans were brought to Cairo for resale.
A Slave Market in Algiers, 1684 AD
Europeans in the Caribbean
Native Indian populations in the Americas were forced into slavery, mining gold and later working on sugar plantations.
Battles, hard labor and European diseases destroyed enormous numbers of native peoples.
Timucuan Indians searching for gold in Florida. Native Americans were the first to endure forced labor in the New World.
Increased Need for Slave Labor The Native Americans were beginning to be exterminated-due to over working and disease. Colonizers in the New World found a new source of labor... ____________. the Africans
Forced Migration of Africans • Africans proved to have resistance to European diseases and were considered to be stronger workers than the Amerindians. • A system soon developed where _______________ enslaved Africans were sent to Spanish America by as early as 1600. 75,000 to 90,000 Africans mine and wash gold and deliver it to a Spanish overseer
Investors in the Slave Trade 1. Around what year was the Slave Trade at its peak? 2. Which country continued the Slave Trade the longest? Why? By 1650, most of the coastal states in Europe had possessions in the Americas. Graph of countries participating in the slave trade
Infamous Investors European royalty, nobility and leading merchants were the principal supporters and benefactors of the slave trade. Europeans believed that national power and private wealth were best built on a closed economic system between the colonial societies and their mother country. Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal c. 1543 Encouraged by Prince Henry, the Portuguese became the foremost navigators in their day. They were the first to make the difficult voyage to the west coast of Africa. As early as 1444, they brought cargoes of Africans to work as slaves on the sugar plantations of Madeira alongside slaves from Russia and the Balkans.
Carlos I of Spain (1504-1556) Spain was the first to establish colonies in the Americas. In 1516, during the reign of Carlos I, enslaved Africans were brought to the Caribbean for the first time. Elizabeth I of England (1558-1603) Elizabeth I was a major investor in the slave trade. She sponsored a privateer, Sir John Hawkins, to bring slaves from Africa to sell to the Spanish colonies. Louis XIV of France (1643-1715) Louis XIV supplies nearly one half of the finances needed by the French Guinea Company to commence its African trade.
The potential wealth to be made from slavery led to the triangular trade between ________________________________________.
The Transatlantic Slave Trade Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Europeans were able to sell manufactured goods in exchange for ____________ and luxury items.
The Triangle Trade SUGAR, TOBACCO SLAVES GUNS, RUM, GOODS
A Merchant Slaving Vessel: The Henrietta Marie Let’s follow the journey of a typical slave ship… First Stop! London!
A Merchant Slaving Vessel: The Henrietta Marie The Henrietta Marie was typical of the numerous small merchant ships and West Indian traders active in the Atlantic at the turn of the 18th century. In the year 1699, the ship left the port of London on her second slaving voyage, carrying a cargo of European manufactured goods for trade in West Africa.
The Port of London The Henrietta Marie would start its journey in the London, a thriving port built on the banks of the Thames River. jobs dreams
As the capital city, it was the center of social and economic developments; it was also the place to which young people came to learn trades, find ____ , and fulfill their _________ .
Investors in the Henrietta Marie
The slave trading voyage was a costly undertaking.
It required backing of several investors. A small stake in several voyages was more prudent for the investor than a large stake in one ship.
The problems to contend with ranged from bad _______ to slave revolts and payment problems.
Some merchants did well in the trade, while others went bankrupt.
A Merchant Slaving Vessel: The Henrietta Marie Three-masted, square-sterned vessel, about 60 feet long. Small ship, capable of holding 200 slaves in her cargo area. Stepped decks, built on many levels to accommodate the different cargoes of the transatlantic trade route. To Africa!
The Crew of a Merchant Slave Ship Men who could not find other work often gravitated to ports such as London where they signed on to escape their economic problems. Crews of slavers tended to be desperate, violent men.
Former slave ship master Reverend John Newton (B.1725) wrote about the men aboard the merchant slavers: "We are for the most part supplied with the refuse and dregs of the nation. The prisons and glass houses supply us with large quotas of boys impatient of their parents and masters, or already ruined by some untimely vice and for the most part devoid of principles."
When Europeans arrived in the late 15th century, there were established states throughout West Africa.
Arriving in Africa! Benin
Port cities along the coast were controlled by Portuguese, Dutch, English.
West Africa was divided into states with different rulers governing different areas.
Some African ethnic groups read and wrote in Arabic, others had strong oral (speaking and singing) traditions, and religious practices.
The Henrietta Marie in Africa guns
The Henrietta Marie traded in the area of New Calabar, saluting the town with several_______, as was the custom of the day.
African traders would often send canoes out to the European ships arriving into slaving ports. Some of these Africans would guide the newly arrived ships into the rivers or harbors or ports.
Slavery in Africa 1. If you were an African tribal leader, what would you want in exchange for slaves? Why? Powerful African leaders met with European Traders from the Henrietta Marie.
Slavery and War Pewter, Iron bars, glass beads, guns and other goods were rare in Africa, where they could be sold for much more than in England or other European countries. guns guns
European _____were a popular trade item with the Africans. The coastal rulers who had access to _____ used them to control areas further inland.
Africans Enslave Africans
Soon Africans were rounding up slaves in groups of one, two and three hundred for sale to the increasing number of European vessels arriving in coastal ports.
Slave Catching Raids
Conducted mostly by the Asante and Dahomey tribes.
Would attack neighbors and catch as many people as possible.
Europeans gave Africans weapons (mainly guns) to capture other Africans.
Slaves captured or purchased in the African interior were often held in confinement for months.
Some of these people had been wounded in battles, and others were exposed to smallpox, yellow fever, and other deadly diseases.
Removal of millions of African men and women from their homeland
Economic dependence on Europe, devastating effects when trade was outlawed
Susceptibility to European imperialism
Africa is Changed
Europeans were Middle Men Not Welcomed Inland! Did convert some kingdoms to Christianity (Kongo) Forbidden to alter African politics
Carried a cargo valued at about £827.
£4 per slave: Brought 206 slaves to Jamaica.
190 slaves were recorded sold at Port Royal
Transporting the “Cargo”
The men, women and children were shackled and confined to the stifling cargo holds below deck.
After securing her cargo, the Henrietta Marie would have brought food and water aboard for the long voyage to the West Indies known as the _________________.
To the Americas! Middle Passage
Trek from Africa to the Americas lasted 35-60 days
By 1654, some 8,000-10,000 Africans each year were undergoing the Middle Passage.
By 1750, the annual number stabilized at 60,000-70,000.
The Middle Passage “ If the Atlantic were to dry up it would reveal a scattered pathway of human bones marking the various routes of the Middle Passage.”
About 9 to 15 million Africans went on voyage:
3 to 5 million perished before they even reached the Americas.
The mortality rate averaged between 13 and 33 percent of the slaves and the crew.
The Atlantic Slave Trade
“ But what heart could be so hard as to not be pierced with piteous feelings to see that company?”
~Eyewitness to a Portuguese slave unloading
1. Despite the inhumane treatment of the African people, why did the slave trade continue until the 19 th Century?
“ No commerce in the world produces as many advantages as that of the slave trade.”
Some believe the slave trade was the major reason for the rise of commercial capitalism and the Industrial Revolution.
Selling Slaves in the Caribbean
With the first sighting of land, the captain of the Henrietta Marie would have ordered slaves on deck in small groups for fresh air and grooming To improve their appearance for sale.
Men were shaved, sores were dressed, and rations were improved as they approached their destination of Jamaica on May 18, 1700, indicating that she spent almost fourteen weeks on the Middle Passage.
A Lucrative Business The slaves were most likely auctioned off in groups, with prices ranging between £12 -£18 each, depending on the sex, age and condition of the individual .
Get Your Workers Here!
Sold to the highest bidder
Slaves-washed and greased with tar or lard
Judged by condition
Rebellions in the Caribbean
In the Caribbean they were known as "Maroons" and lived in the hills, using guerrilla warfare to _____ other slaves and steal necessary arms and equipment.
free • Enslaved Africans never accepted their fate, and rebellions continued for the next 300 years until the abolition of plantation slavery.
Many Africans escaped slavery
and banded together to form new communities.
As early as 1522, the first notable slave revolt broke out in the Spanish colony of Hispaniola (now Haiti).
White indentured servants were another exploited group of people who, in return for their passage to the Americas or the Caribbean, agreed to work for their sponsor.
Indentured servants were at the mercy of their master: they were unpaid and had to do whatever they were told.
They were bound to their master for a set period of time, _________________, after which they were set free, and could expect to receive a small tract of land from their master.
usually five years
The European Sweet Tooth cotton
Most Europeans had never tasted sugar before the economic successes of the transatlantic trade made the Caribbean product readily available.
England was a major consumer as early as 1660. For a century and a half, sugar remained the most valuable and largest import, overtaken only by _______ in the 1820s.
The Henrietta Marie
The profits from the sale of slaves enabled the Henrietta Marie to load West Indian goods for her voyage home to England.
Sugar was the main commodity and cargo entries reveal that she was carrying 81 hogsheads (large barrels) of muscovado sugar.
Back to! London!
Video Recap Pirates And Slavers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9RvR9qGA74
THE END “ The world would benefit f this part of our history could be told in such a way that those chains of the past, those shackles that physically bound us together, against our wills, could in the telling become…ironically, a positive connecting line to all of us living inside or outside the continent of Africa.” ~Historian Tom Feelings
Brazil obtained 37% of exported slaves
The rest were sent to the Caribbean, North America, or the Old World
European Slaves were treated like indentured servants. Pilot of Columbus’ ship was probably black
New World Slaves worked on sugar plantations, mines, for hard labor, or servants
Free At Last
Treaties were signed
Differing countries abolished slavery at different times
Though abolished on paper, was not in peoples hearts
Racism continued to segregate Africans from others
Slaves were still smuggled into the country
Or Were They?
End of slavery
Industrial Revolution in Europe
Demand for slaves dropped through surpluses of offspring
Anti-slavery movements in Europe
Donations and protests
Slave rebellion was in Haiti on the island of St. Domingue in 1791