Slave Report

Topics: Atlantic slave trade, Caribbean, Slavery Pages: 3 (360 words) Published: March 2, 2015
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African Slavery in the Americas 
Whose America is it? 

Cameron Thomen 
IB MYP Honors American History 

Professor Buck 
December 8​
, 2014 

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Economic Motivations: 
With the introduction of new crops, countries need more people to work and  harvest them. In Brazil, “From the 1580s, the importation of Africans to Brazil increased  dramatically. After the initial expansion of the sugar industry, blacks soon constituted  over two­thirds of the population of the north­east.” ”The sugar industry grew quickly in  Jamaica ­­ in 1672 there were 70 plantations producing 772 tonnes[tons] of sugar per  annum ­­ growing in the 1770s to over 680 plantations.” “At that time Cuba was evolving  from a slowly growing colony into the world's leading sugar producer, a development  that required the importation of steadily increasing numbers of African slaves. As a  result, by 1840 there were in the island approximately 430,000 slaves, approximately 60  percent of the population was black or mulatto.” Overall, Brazil, Cuba, and Jamaica had  the same economic motivations for slavery. With new crops to sell that had different  care techniques, they need more people to tend to them.  Capturing, Buying, and Selling: 

“Many Africans who were enslaved were kidnapped [from Africa], though some  were sold into slavery as a debt.” Upon arrival to the colonies, they “were prepared for  sale like animals. They were washed and shaved: sometimes their skins were oiled to  make them appear healthy and increase their sale price. Depending on where they had  arrived, the enslaved Africans were sold through agents by public auction or by a  ‘scramble', in which buyers simply grabbed whomever they wanted. Sales often 

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involved measuring, grading and intrusive physical examination.” Upon arriving to their  plantations, they were “branded and issued with a new name.” Then were “separated ...
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