HIST 1F96 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Nat Turner, White Southerners, Denmark Vesey
Persistence of slavery defines the limits for national independence (except: haiti) Slavery was an economic system (slaves represented wealth) Slavery was a labour system (unfree workers for their owners, lifetime condition, legalities could protect slaves) Fundamentally, slavery was a system that rested on violence. Slavery was a racial system (white europeans didn"t enslave other white. Europeans; some places saw all black people as slaves, others were very diverse) Cuba and brazil had the most african slaves (35-45% of the population) The evolution of slave systems in the americas: Gradual erosion (canada): black loyalists: british allowed loyalists and freed black loyalists to move to. Canada: british policy: in response to growing pressure of abolishioners in britain, slave trade and slavery were abolished in the early 1800"s, slavery was not essential to canadian economy. Persistence and expansion (cuba and brazil): expanded sugar production: after haitian revolution because they no longer had the competition.