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African slave trade


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African slave trade

  1. 1. Slavery in Africa
  2. 2. European - African Pre-Slavery Trade
  3. 3. European Background • Portuguese started African slave trade in 1441 • First Africans in Hispanola in 1505 • 1450-1850 ~12 million Africans sent to Americas
  4. 4. Why Africans? • No written language , many languages • Native Americans dying off • Some degree of disease resistance • No muskets and gunpowder • Africans participated in trade by enslaving others, selling debtors and criminals, and kidnapping • Skilled workers – Knew how to extract precious ore from mines – Familiar with soils and crops
  5. 5. How to Get Slaves? • TRADE! – Africans traded slaves for manufactured goods like clothe, silk, guns, pots, and copper • African Kingdoms (Ashanti) gained wealth and power from the trade – States sold POW (method of deportation) – Participated to defend themselves • African “entrepreneurs” Middle
  6. 6. Capture • The original capture of slaves was almost always violent. • As European demand grew, African chieftains organized raiding parties to seize individuals from neighboring societies. • Others launched wars specifically for the purpose of capturing slaves.
  7. 7. • What does this picture tell you? – Europeans did not penetrate the African interior March to the Coast
  8. 8. Slave Trade in the Congo
  9. 9. Cape Coast Castle, W. Africa
  10. 10. What role did geography play in the Triangle of Trade?
  11. 11. Portuguese Slave Trade • The Portuguese population was too small to provide a large number of colonists. • The sugar plantations required a large labor force. • Slaves filled Europeans and Africans Meet to Trade
  12. 12. Slave Trade and Sugar • Portuguese crop growers extended the use of slave labor to South America. • Because of this, Brazil would eventually become the wealthiest of the sugar-
  13. 13. European Slave Trade
  14. 14. Plantations • After crossing the Atlantic, most African slaves went to plantations in the tropical or subtropical regions of the western hemisphere. • The first was established by the Spanish on Hispaniola in 1516. • Originally the predominant crop was sugar. In addition to sugar, plantations produced crops like tobacco, indigo, and cotton. • In the 1530s Portuguese began organizing plantations in Brazil,
  15. 15. Plantations • All were designed to export commercial crops for profit. • Relied almost exclusively on large amounts of slave labor supervised by small numbers of Brazilian sugar mill in the 1830s
  16. 16. As the major European powers of Portugal, Britain, France, and the Netherlands looked for ways to exploit the fertile lands of the New World, they looked to Africa for a steady supply of labor. Soon, African slaves had become absolutely vital to the cultivation of sugar, tobacco, cotton, and rice plantations. As European demand for sugar began to increase, plantations began to spring up throughout Brazil and the Caribbean. Sugar cultivation created a huge demand for slave labor
  17. 17. Justification • Slavery made development of the New World profitable • Native American slaves died of diseases, escaped easily • African tribes needed weapons and supplies from Europe
  18. 18. Slavery Expands • In 1518, the first shipment of slaves went directly from West Africa to the Caribbean where the slaves worked on sugar plantations. • By the 1520s, the Spanish had introduced slaves to Mexico, Peru, and Central America where they worked as farmers and miners. • By the early 17th century, the
  19. 19. “Black” Gold for Sale!
  20. 20. Triangular Trade
  21. 21. Exportation • Trip called the Middle Passage • 5000 miles, 3 wks. to 3 mos. • 20-25% died • Strip Africans’ self respect and self identity
  22. 22. The Middle Passage Unimaginable Suffering
  23. 23. Slave Master Brands
  24. 24. The Middle Passage
  25. 25. The Middle Passage
  26. 26. Correcting Misconceptions Africans sold their brothers and sisters into slavery There was no one African identity Africa is a BIG place—many different ethnic groups
  27. 27. Inspection and Sale
  28. 28. First Slave Auction New Amsterdam (Dutch New York City - 17c)
  29. 29. Europeans began the Atlantic slave trade in the 1500s. Their colonies in the Americas needed labor to work on large plantations. European traders sold enslaved Africans to colonists. Families were split up, and many people died. By the time the slave trade ended in IMPACT ON WEST AFRICA
  30. 30. Impact of Slave Trade on the America ltural Diffusion – --The slave trade spread ideas and goods between cultures (cultural diffusion). --Europeans brought new weapons to Africa. --Africans brought part of their culture (like mu food, traditions, Language) to the Americas.