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Slave trade is one of the topics widely studied in history and sociology
disciplines. The trade was at its peak between 1600 and 1700 when there was an
industrial revolution in Europe and America resulting in increased demand for labor.
Even though slavery is synonymous with Africans, it is notable that even among the
whites there slaves though insignificant. The history of Europe and the United States are
tied together with slavery, especially in the 1600s and 1700s. They- slaves, provided
cheap labor in both the industries and farms hence contributing directly to the economic
growth of their host nations. However, most countries are yet to accept the positive
contributions of the slaves.
The first slaves in the United States were actually whites as the first segregation
was never based on race. At the time, the white Christians or Englishmen considered
themselves superior hence held others as indentured servants (Daniels & Kennedy, 2014).
The master had absolute right of ownership over the servant and would sell them at any
time. However, slavery was entrenched in the US legal system when Virginia passed a
law classifying African Americans, Native Americans, and non-Christians as slaves
(Daniels & Kennedy, 2014).
Europe and the United States began their industrial revolution in the 1600s and
1700s. The increase in manufacturing companies meant they needed more labor.
However, their populations were either unwilling to work in the deplorable conditions or

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take the meager wages. The governments and companies were thus forced to source labor
from outside Europe. Africa offered the cheapest alternative considering the blacks were
viewed as an inferior race. Additionally, the whites believed they had the more physical
strength to work in the expansive plantations.
Besides the economic, military factors also created a demand for slaves in Europe.
Portugal and Spain had the strongest military at the beginning of 1500 to 1600 hence
controlled the transatlantic trade which was the primary route for slaves from Africa.
However, in the 1700s the Northern European countries including Britain began to
steadily challenge their dominance in the route. As the struggle to control the route
continued the governments began expanding their demand for slaves.
The impact of the slave trade is still evident in Africa, America, and Europe
today. As noted earlier, this trade had both negative and positive effects on the host
nations. Firstly, the slaves contributed directly to the economic growth of both the United
States and Europe. They provided cheap labor in the farms and factories which economic
pillars at the time.
Secondly, the slave trade resulted in one of the deadly civil wars in the United
States. The conflicts in both the first and second civil wars rooted in the different
ideology adopted by the North and South. Whereas the North wanted the abolition of the
slave trade as forced labor in the farms, the South solely relied on them. However, the
south lost the two battles setting the ground for the abolition of the trade.
Thirdly, slavery resulted in cultural changes in both Europe and the US. The
slaves had different social and cultural background as their masters. They indeed brought

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Surname 1 Name Instructor Course Date Slave Trade Slave trade is one of the topics widely studied in history and sociology disciplines. The trade was at its peak between 1600 and 1700 when there was an industrial revolution in Europe and America resulting in increased demand for labor. Even though slavery is synonymous with Africans, it is notable that even among the whites there slaves though insignificant. The history of Europe and the United States are tied together with slavery, especially in the 1600s and 1700s. They- slaves, provided cheap labor in both the industries and farms hence contributing directly to the economic growth of their host nations. However, most countries are yet to accept the positive contributions of the slaves. The first slaves in the United States were actually whites as the first segregation was never based on race. At the time, the white Christians or Englishmen considered themselves superior hence held others as indentured servants (Daniels & Kennedy, 2014). The master had absolute right of ownership over the servant and would sell them at any time. However, slavery was entrenched in the US legal system when Virginia passed a law classifying African Americans, Native Americans, and non-Christians as slaves (Daniels & Kennedy, 2014). Europe and the United States began their industrial revolution in the 1600s and 1700s. The increase in manufacturing companies meant they needed more labor. However, their populations were either unwilling to work i ...
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