The Cries Heard Around the World
By: Aston McDonald and Dailen Happanen
The Social Effects of the Slave Trade
Africa took serious losses from the slave trade. Total population in Africa rose because of enriched diets, but in West African societies they lost many people. Because of the preference of male slaves it left a sexual imbalance with 2/3 of the population being women.
Plantations were powered by African slaves. These plantations produced cash crops, agricultural products that were in high demand, such as tobacco, sugar, rice, indigo, coffee, and most of all cotton. They all produced a crop that was in high demand and received profit production and exportation of commercial crops.