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2 Rank Top 5 Which of the following had the biggest impact? –Disease –Sugar –Potatoes/corn (Maize) –Gold/silver –Guns

3 Put the following items in order (Plantations in the West Indies) exhausted soil Wars Tobacco indentured servitude sugar Slaves land value increased plantations expanded

4 Tobacco indentured servitude sugar land value increased Slaves Wars plantations expanded exhausted soil

5 During the first half of the 17 th century about 10,000 slaves a year arrived from Africa. The expansion of sugar plantations in the West Indies in the second half of the 17 th century cause the slave trade to average 20,000 slaves per year.

6 The decline of Europeans willing to be indentured, longer periods of servitude for slaves, and a rise in plantation owners’ wealth made owning African slaves more attractive and a better investment than indentured servants.

7 A sugar plantation was a complex investment because it had to be a factory as well as a farm. Freshly cut cane needed to be crushed within a few hours to extract the sugary sap.

8 Combined with soil exhaustion and deforestation, the ecological balance of the West Indies was altered by the introduction of cattle, pigs, horses, bananas, yams, and millet

9 The Arawak peoples of the large islands were wiped out by disease and abuse within fifty years of Columbus’s first voyage.

10 A plantocracy consisted of a small number of very rich men who owned most of the slaves and most of the land.

11 A privileged male slave, a “Driver”, ensured that the gang work was completed. The “great gang” comprised the strongest slaves, the second gang comprised less fit slaves, and the “grass gang” was comprised of children and the elderly.

12 With 18 hour days, there was little time for recreation and relaxation, so slaves might sing in the fields to distract themselves from the fatigue and the monotony of the work.

13 During a period of seasoning, 1/3 of imported slaves died from unfamiliar diseases. If they initially survived, the harsh working conditions, poor nutrition and dangerous mill machinery contributed to a life expectancy of 23 for males and 25.5 for females. Dysentery Yaws Dangerous mill machinery Harsh working conditions

14 Free Whites and Free Blacks In Saint Dominique, there were three groups of free people; wealthy whites, less well off whites, and free blacks. Only a very wealthy man could afford the capital to invest in the land, machinery, and slaves needed to establish a sugar plantation. (Used wealth to establish political power). Slave owners who fathered children by female slaves often gave both mother and child freedom (Manumission). The largest group of freed slaves in the French, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies came from self purchase. Runaway slaves known as maroons were also free.

15 Mercantilism

16 Mercantilism Versus Capitalism Royal Monopolies Tariffs and Accumulation of Gold & Silver Economy Regulated Limited Amount of Wealth Export more than Import Colonies Armed Force Free Trade No Govt. Intervention Laissez Faire Growth of Wealth Competition Supply & Demand Banks lend money for investment/starting businesses Individuals can invest in companies (Joint Stock)

17 The Atlantic Circuit The Atlantic Circuit was a network of trade routes going from Europe, to Africa, from Africa to the plantation colonies of the Americas and then from colonies to Europe. The Slave Trade was a highly specialized business in which chartered companies and then private traders who purchased them for sale, packed them into specially designed ships, and then delivered them for sale. Disease, maltreatment, suicide, and psychological depression all contributed to the average death rate of 1 out of 6 slaves on the Middle Passage.

18 The heart of The Atlantic Circuit was a clockwise network of sea routes that used prevailing winds and currents to propel their ships.

19 The increased demand for sugar led to an increase in the flow of slaves from Africa to the New World via the Middle Passage.

20 The Atlantic slave trade was based on a partnership between European (chartered companies) and African elites that was mutually beneficial. Portuguese KingAfrican King


22 Africans sold fewer women than men into the Atlantic slave trade which reduced the long-term effects and did not significantly affect on the overall population of the African continent.

23 European trading “castle”

24 African Kingdoms traded slaves textiles, metal hardware, weaponry and later for tobacco and alcohol On the coast, slaves were sold to different proprietors who were responsible for shipping them over seas.

25 For the 6 to 10 week voyage, slaves were transported in modified ships that had additional platforms on which the human cargo was packed as tightly as possible.

26 Middle Passage “ The stench of the hold …was so intolerably loathsome, that it was dangerous to remain there for any time…The closeness of the place, and the heat of the climate…almost suffocated us…” -Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, 1789


28 Conditions of the Ships “I was soon put down under the decks, and there I received such a salutation in my nostrils as I had never experienced in my life: so that with the loathsomeness of the stench and crying together, I became so sick and low that I was not able to eat, nor had I the least desire to taste anything.” - Olaudah Equiano

29 Aboard slave ships there was a 11% - 12% mortality rate for slaves and crew. Some deaths resulted from jumping overboard, depression, dysentery, smallpox and malaria.

30 How was Islamic Slave trade different from Trans-Atlantic? *Smaller *Soldiers and Servants *Women and children

31 Impact of Slave Trade SocialPoliticalEconomicOverall Destroys family structure (majority taken were men) Future imperialism and colonization of Africa Af. and Euro. benefited by taxing trade African Diaspora – over 15M Africans spread throughout the world Perpetuated Racism Most of econ. benefits went to Euro and Am colonies Areas near the Slave Coast lost a disproportiona te # of people Accelerated Western capitalism


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