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From Native slaves to African slaves

Post  Sarah Marti Roy on Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:57 pm

Within the lands of Central and South America, a new civilization arose, called Latin America. Spain and Portugal both conquered on that land, therefore a mix of descents was formed.

Class system:
-Peninsulares: spanish and portuguese born in Europe.
-Creoles: descendants of Europeans borin in Latin America.
-Mestizos: Spanish and Indian mix. -Mulattos: White American and Black
-Native Indians. -Black Slaves.

However, Bartolome de las Casas went against the idea of Natives being used as slaves. He believed in the Indians and their culture and not long after, the New Laws that forbid the enslavement of the Natives was published. Bartolome told them that they could use Africans as slaves which wasn't such a good idea because that caused many African lives. Once Europeans didn't have Native slaves, they took Bartolome's advise and took African slaves.
European expansion led to a dramatic increase in the slave trade. The demand for enslaved Africans increased with the European settlement of the Americas (sugarcane plantations). When the European diseases struck, the surviving population could not support the labor needed, so they were shipped to the Americas to relive a labor shortage on plantations. After that, the triangular trade commenced, and the population grew dramatically. As a result of the triangular trade, the Middle Passage occurred. Most of the slaves died on the journey, and the survivors died of the diseases, death rats were high.

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Re: From Native slaves to African slaves

Post  Romane D. on Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:13 pm

It is true that Bartolome de la Casa was right to stop the slavery with the Natives. But the negative consequence was that they started to use the Africans as slaves which was horrible. When they were put in the boats to go to the Americas they were treated like animals. They were separated from their families and they also started to loose faith and stopped believing in god because what was happening to them was so bad. But the triangular trade had an amazing effect on Europe because they became wealthier and the population kept on growing. That’s a really good blog topic especially to study for the final exam!
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