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The African Slave Commodity

            Slavery was a high demand that affected the coast of Africa, and their people tremendously. There were many factors that contributed to popular slavery commodity, the African culture/society influence of profiting off slavery trade, global environment of agriculture production, disease, famine, and African diaspora. .
             African culture is profiting off this slave market and changing their people into a commodity. In Africa there was the market of slaves gathered to sell to other African slavery trade throughout the world. "The trade of slaves is in a more peculiar manner the business of kings, rich men, and prime merchants, exclusive of the inferior sort of Blacks." Barbot makes this observation when he travels to Africa in 1678 and 1682. It proves that slavery was a high commodity and there were powers, involving kings, merchants, and even production empires in Africa contributing to it. Europe was colonizing in the New World, "Silver and later sugar, and tobacco paid for African Slaves required the slave labor for production." Europe's production caused a higher demand. As another example, Jesuits were big production empires with the help of slavery, they were the largest land holders in America, and the Spanish were the largest owner of slaves. They had plantations and the slaves contributed to their production. "Being continually beaten, and almost famish'd; so inhuman are the Blacks to one another," this production causes the Africans to change into a culture that treats each other like products which creates a slave nature of inhumane commodity. "These Arabs also have many Berber horses, which they trade, and take to the Land of the Blacks, exchanging them with the rulers for slaves." There is a trade flow through the exchanges of slaves, which create a high demand for African trade and their economy. Cadamosto explains that in West Africa there is influence of trade through Arab colonists (Muhammadans) who travel along the deserts, sharing resources for exchange of slaves.

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