Friday, November 18, 2011
Registry of Slaves of the British Caribbean 1817-183
Enslaved Africans made up the great majority of transatlantic migrants who were forcibly removed to the Americas from Columbus’ first voyages in the fifteenth century until the nineteenth century.
The Trans-Atlantic slave trade, originating in Africa and ending in the Caribbean and the Americas, remains a sensitive subject for several reasons, including issues of race, morality, ethics, identity, underdevelopment and reparations. Europeans defended the trade mainly for its role in providing renewable plantation labour and stimulating economic growth, best manifested in the phenomenal expansion of mercantilist Britain.
By the eighteenth century the trade had become the “most advantageous and most abundant source of wealth” to participating European nations; which indubitably accounts for its longevity and resilience against the forces of abolition.
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