African American Origins

African American Origins


For my project I chose the topic of African American origins, where I worked with my partner Damon Cikanek to find the reason behind slavery, its origin, and a bit of its culture. We interpreted these things into our slides and explained them thoroughly. It was tuff finding the specific reason on how slavery began but ended up stumbling upon it eventually. In this paper I will continue to express the reason behind slavery and introduce its story of how it began and ended, as well as try to explain some things that I never learned in history class.
The origin of Africa slavery begins with triangular trade, which involved in taking manufacture goods like cloth, spirit, tobacco, metal goods and guns from Europe to Africa. These goods were exchange for African slaves. The guns were used to help African kings to expand their empires and obtain more slaves. The middle passage involved shipping of the slaves to the American, while the Europeans return to Europe with the goods, produce from the slave labor plantations like cotton, sugar, tobacco etc.
In 1619, the Dutch introduced the first 20 captured Africans to America, planting the seeds of a slavery system that evolved into a nightmare of abuse and cruelty that would ultimately divide the nation. After 1619, when a Dutch ship brought 20 Africans ashore at the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia, slavery spread throughout the American colonies. Though it is impossible to give accurate figures, some historians have estimated that 6 to 7 million slaves were imported to the New World during the 18th century alone, depriving the African continent of some of its healthiest and ablest men and women.
The demand for slaves on plantation produced two distinct types of slaves, rural and urban. Rural slaves worked on plantation usually from dawn till dust, driven by their overseer. While urban slavery result from the lack of white laborers in the mining and lumber industries, because many whites defected to the cotton...

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