The transatlantic slave trade

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The transatlantic slave trade

  1. 1. Sugar Plantation Slaves
  2. 2. The Creation of an Atlantic Economy: Sugar and Slavesby Goucher, LeGuin, and WaltonRead “The Middle Passage”, pgs. 6-7- In one or two sentences, and in your own words,describe the conditions aboard a slave ship.DEBRIEF
  3. 3. Amistad (1997)directed by Steven SpielbergAs you watch the clip, think about two things:1) How is this supposed to make me feel?2) What did the filmmakers leave out?
  4. 4. Documentary Video Clip:The Americas & the Globalization of Labor:Slavery and Resistancehttp://www.learner.org/courses/worldhistory/unit_video_14-3.html?pop=yes&pid=2157#
  5. 5. We’ve looked at the video clip: The Americas & the Globalization of Labor:Slavery and Resistance. Now, read the following passages from Goucher,LeGuin, and Walton, work with a partner to answer the questions, and thenwe’ll discuss.“African Slave Labor”, page 3Why did the Carribean islands lack a sufficient labor force for sugarproduction?What was the solution to the labor shortage experienced by plantations inthe Americas?According to the authors, why did racism against those of African descentbegin to develop during this time?
  6. 6. “The Business of Slavery” & “Slavery as Mercantilism”,pages 4-5Mercantilism is defined as: “A 16th and 17th century economictheory that a country’s strength and prosperity depended on theammassing of gold reserves. This was to be achieved bydeveloping production for export, limiting imports, andprohibiting the export of gold.”European powers engaged in mercantilism by setting up certainprivate companies. What did these companies do? How didthey impact the slave trade?
  7. 7. “The Slave Trade” & “Slaves and Guns”, pgs. 5-6- How did slave traders obtain slaves? Fromwhom? Where did many slaves come from inAfrica?- Describe the impact of guns and Europeanimport goods on African societies.

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