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Selling Souls for Sugar: Slavery and Sugar Islands

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KaTrice McCain

on 7 April 2016

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Transcript of Selling Souls for Sugar: Slavery and Sugar Islands

Selling Slaves for Sugar
This is cheap labor and it is legal.
African Americans were poor people that were taking advantage of. They were made slaves because the whites were more rich than the blacks. The English settlers arrived in the 1620s to Tiny Barbados, the eastern island in the West Indies. The first colony to import slave labour across the dreaded Middle Passage from Africa within half a century was Tiny Barbados.
Expansion of Sugar Demand and Production
Northern Europe’s only local source of sugar was
bees before the sixteenth century. The growing demand for sugar led to cane sugar plantations on the Mediterranean coast and the islands of Cyprus in the fourteenth century. By the fifteenth century, Spanish and Portuguese plantations on Atlantic islands, African slave labor was exploited, and in the Americas. Sugar sold for high prices as a rare spice or medicine. The demand for sugar grew and new uses for sugar were found. Europeans came to crave the taste
of sugar as a sweetener for two products from the Afro-Asian world, coffee and tea.
Identured Servants
In Rhode Island, they were indentured servants. They would serve for 2-7 years. They receive a free piece of land. Indentured servants came to the colonies. They wanted to start a new life to get passed their old one. They pioneered their exploitation on an industrial scale to plant and harvest cane sugar. Over the 200 years that “king sugar” reigned supreme on world markets, there were between 12m and 15m Africans were enslaved in these colonies. England went from opposing slavery to the world's most active slaving nation.
The Creation of an Atlantic Economy: Sugar and Slaves
Central to the growth of Atlantic
commerce were two commodities: sugar and slaves. From the history of slavery, and the transfer of both
labor and capital is closely connected with the production
of sugar. Technology and culture were linked in the development of the sugar industry.
Selling Souls for Sugar: Slavery and Sugar Islands
KaTrice McCain
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