The 3 T's of New World Slavery
Evolution of slavery's transitions, treatment, and tolerance
Although the Native American's were available source for labor, there quickly became a demographic transition to African American's due to their able skills of working with livestock, which the Indian's had never seen before, as well as the African slave's familiarity with European style of raising crops. The transition to African based labor provided the promise of cheap labor and mass production. Paralleling this time was the growth of plantation style systems of farming. These combining factors brewed a high demand for an imported source of labor. Between the 1500s and the 1800s, about 10 million Africans were captured and carried to the New World. It is estimated that about 1.5 million died en route. Most of these slaves were bound for Central and South America. Only 400,000 Africans were sent to the British colonies in North America.
Native African's being torn from their family, villages, and home lives and taken to ships toward unknown lands, cultures, and peoples.
Illustration of what one of the ships would look like.
Depiction of living conditions within the boat. You can see how crowded, dark, and unreasonable the living quarters were.
Depiction of slave auction showing two slaves being sold together up on the pedestal, while white plantation owners bid, or show disinterest.
Public signage advertising a slave auction. Signs like this were a regular sighting in town centers.
A mother and child slave being auctioned off. You can see the desperation and sadness from the woman and child's body language.
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