Land of the free or land of slavery
By Thomas and Ryan
1. Describe the social effects of the slave trade.
2. Describe the political effects of the slave trade.
3. How did the plantation system work in the New World (What cash crops were produced?
Plantation economies rely on the export of cash crops as a source of income. Prominent plantation crops included cotton, rubber, sugar cane, and tobacco. The longer a crop's harvest period, the more efficient plantations become.
4. How did slaves resist? (Forms of resistance?)
Running away was a major form of resistance. Slaves who ran away most often did so for a short period of time. These runaway slaves might hide in a nearby forest or visit a relative or spouse on another plantation. They did so to escape a harsh punishment that had been threatened, to obtain relief from a heavy workload, or just to escape the drudgery of everyday life under slavery.