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fatdragon Post time: 2017-3-10 13:53
The slave trade in Africa was centuries old before the Europeans became customers. It was the Euro ...
you wrote: But yes, if you are colonizing a continent it helps to have cheap labour.
The big STICK conquers other people’s lands, cheats its people and robs them of their natural resources. It hauls off their wealth and sells it in the export markets. It purposely keeps people in poverty in order to keep human labor cheap.
America did NOT colonize Africa; but they needed slaves to work their cotton (White Gold) fields iin Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.
Them days, cotton was king.
It was as important in world trade in the18th and 19th century as oil is in the 20th and 21st century. Empires were built, continents colonized, wars fought, people enslaved, lands stolen, genocide committed and ethnic groups cleansed for cotton.
America had a real shortage of people to work the cotton fields. Native Americans were not suitable for slaves because they kept running off.
It was found that imported African slaves were much more suitable. The Africans that survived the long journey from Africa were too exhausted, sick, demoralized and depressed to run away. Besides they had nowhere to run.
The demand for slave labor boomed. Rich English merchants such as George Hibbert, owner of the West India Dock Company, hired ship builders to construct specialized ships for transporting human cargo from West Africa. Africans could be efficiently stacked up like cordwood in the holds of slave ships. Cloth, sugar, rice and rum were traded in Africa for human property that was then auctioned in the slave markets in the Americas.