During the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries the sugar trade was driven by high consumer demand, and the slave trade.
Sugar was so high in consumer demand and addicting that in certain areas an average person would consume sixteen pounds a year. Evidence of this is shown in document G. The document conveys the annual per capita consumption ( in pounds ) from the year 1700 to the year 1770 in England. When analyzing document C, readers realize that the high amount of consumption is due to sugar’s highly addictive property. This document written by Benjamin Moseley, M.D. in the year 1800 states, “¬¬¬The increased consumption of sugar, and increasing demand for it, exceeded all comparison with any other article, used as an auxiliary, in food: for, such is the influence of sugar, that once touching the nerves of taste no person was ever known to have the power of relinquishing the desire for it.” As mentioned previously in the quote, sugar was used as a auxiliary in food, most likely as a sweetener, due to sugar’s sweet properties. Evidence is shown in document F when it reads, “Sugar as sweetener came to the force in connection with three other exotic imports – tea, coffee, and chocolate.” Document F, written by Sydney F. Mintz 1985, when further read mentions that all three of the tropical imports began as British competition, and the presence of them all (including sugar) affected their fate (to some extent). Meaning, that as long as sugar was used as a sweetener for these goods (and most likely others as well) and the goods were still in demand, then their success would be constant. In other words, they are proportional to one another, sugar and its complimentary goods were dependent on each other for their success.
Just as how sugar and its tropical imports were dependent on each other, the slave and sugar trades were as well. As long as sugar was in demand, so were the slaves. And as long as slaves were used, sugar would keep being...
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