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Why was the slave trade established?

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Why was the slave trade established? There was huge demand for sugar in Europe when tea and coffee became fashionable drinks. Sugar cane grew well in the West Indies, where huge plantations were established. To provide workers for these plantations, and for tobacco plantations on the American mainland, huge numbers of slaves were imported from West Africa.

They were bought from Arab slave traders or local chieftains and shipped in terrible conditions. Many died at sea.

The traders paid for their slaves with goods from England, which in turn were paid for by sugar from the West Indies. In this way a triangular trading route was established, taking goods from England to Africa, slaves from Africa to the West Indies and sugar from the West Indies to England.

Tags: slaves, europe

Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 04 January '12

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