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The Triangle Slave Trade
Through out all of history the world has had many mass effects, though controversial they have helped create the world that is today. A certain mass effect is the triangle slave trade that took place in the sixteenth century up to the nineteenth century. The triangle slave trade had a mass impact that affected governments, nations, and many, many lives.
The triangle slave trade was a system of trading that focused on gaining huge profits. It had three legs or passages that stared and ended in Europe. The first leg went from Europe to Africa, the second leg went from Africa to the Americas and the third leg went from the Americas back to Europe. The first leg carried manufactured goods to Africa, the second leg carried traded off slaves, and the third leg carried sugar or harvested goods to Europe to be sold off. All of this was to ultimately sell sugar to Europe. It was during the middles age when Europeans had a great appetite for sugar and that crave was the fuel for the triangle slave trade. Sugar was a miracle spice it was a natural sweetener that popularized tea, coffee, and chocolate which are all naturally bitter. Now sugar Is a very hard spice to cultivate that makes a huge labor force a must and a work force that is willing to work, for sugar cultivation takes a lot of work. Thus slavery is brought into the equation, and the triangle slave trade commences.
The triangle slave trade began as a small idea in the mind of a Portuguese entrepreneur, but it would soon explode into a massive force powered by the Europeans. The triangle slave trade didn’t begin until the late fifteenth century with the Portuguese
Page 2 and their idea to use slaves as a total work force in their colonies. It was in 1441 when slave raiders captured 12 African men and took them to Portugal...