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Lecture 6

Week 6 part 1

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University of Toronto Mississauga
Luisa Farah Schwartzman

Week 6: Slavery Movie: Shackles of Memory- The Atlantic Slave Trade th th - 18 th9 century - 15 century—a new wave of European expansionism - Irrestible movement of exploration on unknown lands was linked to the rise of financial and commercial capitalism - Establishment of trading posts, appropriation of lands and territories seemed a source of new riches, trade and profits - Commercial rivalries and commercial imperialisms between Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, England and France - In order to extract the riches, an abundant labor was needed - Unfortunate indigenous people of these lands who were reduced to slavery were dying from hard labor and the diseases brought by Europe - Assumed that Africans are strong and naturally suited for work in tropical climates - Economic necessities dictated to reduce them to slavery—to clear and cultivate American lands, otherwise sugar would be too expensive - Pattern of trade established that linked Europe, Africa and the American along such convenient sailing routes - Atlantic slave trade had made this ocean the center of world trade - Slave trade encouraged ship building and ship owning, gives employment to countless workers, sailors and navigators - Created vast outlets for produce and commodities and lastly, without it, it would be impossible to cultivate the American lands - Everyday life revolved a
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