Trade and Early Colonization

Portugal trade in Africa and lessons are learned in colonies

Portugese Trading Posts

  • Originally created in hopes of great wealth
  • The island of Sao Tome turned in to another sugar island run by slaves
  • Bartholomew Dias and Vasco Da Gama were the first to explore and set up trading post in Africa, then getting to India.

Three key lessons to Colonization in the Mediterranean Atlantic


1) First, they had learned how to transplant their crops an livestock successfully to exotic locations.

2) They had discovered that the native people of their islands could be either conquered or exploited.

3) They had developed a viable model of plantation slavery and a system for supplying nearly unlimited quantities of such workers.

These three lessons setup for other european nations to duplicate and slavery to become a world wide use.