Sugar plantations were both an early form of industrial production and a significant factor in the rise of capitalism. From 1650 onward, french and english production outstripped all other colonial production, with french eventually winning out in the mid-1700s: sugar became the most important export of the new world colonies. Two important triangles of trade were established: the atlantic triangle trade (manufactured goods to africa, slaves to the. Downward development of the economies: what were the main differences between the slaves that work on the. Was there a link between the rise of capitalism in europe and the development of slave economies in the. Slavery became an important figure in sugar production while it was still in the. Mediterranean, especially in morocco and the eastern mediterranean after the. Crusades, possibly due to the labor shortages cause by the black death.