Africa and Atlantic Smore Flyer
By Ria Dua
Social Effects of the Slave Trade
Socially, the slave trade affected many parts of Africa. Severe losses occurred in many individual societies population wise. In addition to that, the gender ratio of many societies became very distorted. This was mainly because most traders wanted men in order to gain more profit.
Political Effects of the Slave Trade
Because of the slave trade, violence and wars increased in many African societies. A frequent trade would be the trading of slaves for European weaponry. Since this occurrence increased, many societies felt it necessary to do the same in order to keep its safety. However, conflict increased when many societies wanted other slaves from other societies for their benefit.
Plantation Systems in the New World
Many plantation societies were in the tropical and subtropical regions of the Western hemisphere. In order to satisfy the European demand, many people started plantations on large pieces of fertile land to make huge profits. The most common cash crop grown was sugar. In addition to sugar, tobacco, indigo, cotton and coffee were also being produced.
Resistance from the Slaves
There were many subtle forms of resistance from the slaves. One was working slowly on purpose but diligently as well. Some sabotaged machines and routines. A group called the Maroons would meet up in order to plan raids against other nearby plantations. The slave revolt was the largest form of resistance, mostly because the slaves easily outnumbered their owners.