Presentation on theme: "Transatlantic Slave Trade"— Presentation transcript:
1 Transatlantic Slave Trade Advanced World History 2
2 Ancient World Civilizations AssyriaBabyloniaChinaEgyptIndiaPersiaMesopotamiaSlavery was a universal institution in the ancient world but it was a dominant labor force only in a small number of societies.First true slave society - Ancient Greece (6th to 4th Century)
3 Old World vs. New World Slavery Classical world and medieval slavery was not based on racial distinctions.Ancient world did not necessarily view slavery as a permanent condition.Slaves did not necessarily hold the loest status in early civilizations.Slaves in the old world often were symbols of prestige, luxury and power (true even in the ne world prior to European Colonization).
4 How was slavery justified? Early civilizations - accident or bad luck.Aristotle - notion of the “natural slave”Christian world - ‘Curse of Ham”18th Century European - pseudo-scientific racism.
5 Why was Africa vulnerable to the Slave Trade? Political FragmentationSailing RoutesAvailability of People (high birth rate)Civilizations and Skills (metalworking, farming, herding)No diplomatic repercussions.
6 Why not others? Disease Knowledge of terrain Different Agricultural SkillsSupply deficitNation American women worked - not men!
7 Countries Participating BritainDenmarkFranceHollandPortugalSpainNorway
8 Why did European powers eventually turn to African labor? Labor supply was insufficient. Epidemics reduced the native population by 50% - 90%.Evidence of deeply help racist sentiment. Racism was a consequence of racial slavery as well as a cause.In English colonies the supply of servants decreased.
9 Geography of SlaveryEnslaved Africans mostly came from the area stretching from the Senegal River in Africa to Angola.Europeans divided the area into five regions:Upper Guinea CoastIvory CoastLower Guinea CoastGabonAngola
10 Regional Divisions in Africa Upper Guinea Coast (bound by the Senegal and Gambia Rivers)Ivory Coast (Central Liberia)Lower Guinea Coast (Divided into the Gold Coast on the west, the Slave Coast and Benin)GabonAngola
11 Comparison of Slavery in the Americas North AmericaLatin AmericaNo Legal ProtectionCruel PunishmentsSlaves were sold apart“Better” diet, housing, medical careHad to produce their own food, higher death rates, low proportion of women.Half of all slaves worked on plantations with 20 or fewer slaves.Up to 500 slaves on a plantation.Slave owners live on plantationAbsentee ownership common.Two-category system of racial categorizationWide range of racial gradations (Spanish/.PortuueseSlavery depended on the loyalty of non slaveholding whiles. 3/4 owned no slaves
12 How did slavery differ from indentured servitude? Contracted Time PeriodFor life/freedom was not contractual.Could be bought, sold, or leased.Could be punished by whipping.Were allowed to own property.Not property owners.
13 Why Africa? Sailing Routes Lack of Familiarity with the Americas Availability of PeopleCivilizations and SkillsMetal WorkingFarmingHeardingNo diplomatic repercussions
14 Two main patterns of Triangular Trade Rum from New England to West AfricaSlaves to sugar islandsMolasses home to the New England distilleriesManufactured goods from England to AfricaGoods exchanged for slaves taken to West Indies. Profits used to purchase sugar (and other goods) for England.
15 Middle Passage Origins of the Infamous Middle Passage The middle leg of a three part voyage.Began and ended in Europe.Carried cargo of iron, cloth, brandy, firearms, gunpowderLnded on Africa’s Slave Coast and exchanged cargo for AfricansSet sail for the Americas, where slaves were exchanged for sugar, tobacco, mlasses.Final brought the ship back to Europe.
16 Middle Passage 1600 - 1850’s The Capture Approx. 60 forts build along the west coast of Africa.Walked in slave caravans to the forts some 1000 miles away.Selected by the Europeans and branded.One half survived the death march.Place in underground dungeons until they were boarded on ships.
17 Middle Passage Statistics 10-16 million Africans forcibly transported across the Atlantic from2 million died during the Middle Passage (10-15%)Another 15-30% dies during the march to the coast.For every 100 slaves that reached the New World, another 40 died in Africa or during the Middle Passage.
18 Middle Passage Conditions on Board the Ship Slaves chained together and crammed into spaces sometimes less than five feet high.Slavers packed three of four hundred Africans into the ship cargo holds.Little ventilation, human waste, horrific odors. Unclean.
20 Middle PassageTight packing - belly to back, chained in twos, wrist to ankle (660+), naked.Loose packing - shoulder to shoulder chained wrist to wrist or ankle to ankle.Men and woman separated (men placed towards bow, women toward stern).Fed once of twice a day and brought on deck for limited times.
22 Middle Passage Journey lasted 6-8 weeks. Due to high mortality rate, cargo was insured (reimbursed for drowning accidents but not for deaths from disease of sickness)Common to dump your cargo for sickness or food shortages.Slave mutinies on board ships were common (1 out of every 10 voyages across the Atlantic experience a revolt).Covert resistance (attempted suicide, jumped overboard, refusal to eat).
24 Destination of Captives Caribbean 40%Brazil 40%Latin America 10%British North America 10%
25 Growth of African American Population 18201.77 million13% free18302.33 million14% free18402.87 million18503.69 million12% free18604.44 million11% free
26 Slave Exports and Profits Early 18th Century - 36,000 per yearDuring 1780’s - 80,000 per yearBetween ,000 captives/year on average.17th Century - slave sold in the Americas for about $150\Slave trade illegal in Britain in 1807, US 1808, France 1831, Spain 1834.Once declared illegal prices went much higher s prime field hand $ $1500 (about $18,00 in 1997 dollars).
27 Slave Resistance: Passive and Active Resistance Breaking toolsFaking illnessStaging slowdownsCommitting acts of arson and sabotageRunning AwayUnderground Railroad
28 Slave Revolts Denmark Vesey The Amistad Nat Turner Late 18th Century slave revolts erupted in Guadeloupe, Grenada, Jamaica, Surinam, Haiti, Venezuela, Winward IslandsWithin the United States slave revolts were common as well. Richmond, Virginia, Louisiana, Charleston, South Carolina.Denmark VeseyThe AmistadNat Turner
29 Legacy of Slavery Agriculture Rice Sweet Potatoes Herding Basketry Working Style (cooperative labor)Planting (heel to toe)FoodSpices (red pepper, sesame, cajun)Okra, black eyed peasDishesGumbo, jambalayaAsh and hot cakesSweet potato pieMusicBanjoDrumBlues/JazzCall and responseSpiritualsReligionCall and response patternsEmotional servicesMultiple spirits and soulsVoodooTales and WordsTrickster takes (Anansi the Spider, Brer Rabbit, Bugs Bunny)Words like bogus, bug, phony, yam, tote, gumbo, tater, jamboree, jazz.Creole Language
30 Aftermath of SlaveryAbolition of slavery did not mean former slaves have achieved full freedom.Reconstruction4 millon freedmen (no education, no money, no land, no tools)Freedmen’s BureauSharecropping/ Tenant FarmingBlack CodesJim Crow Laws