Enslaved Africans came primarily from a region stretching from the Senegal River in northern Africa to Angola in the south.
Europeans divided this stretch of land into five coasts:
Upper Guinea Coast: The area delineated by the Senegal and Gambia Rivers
Ivory (or Kwa Kwa or Windward) Coast: Central Liberia
Lower Guinea Coast: Divided into the Gold Coast on the west (Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana), the Slave Coast (Togo, Benin, and western Nigeria), and the Bight of Benin (Nigeria and...
Myth: Slavery is a product of capitalism.Fact: Slavery is older than the first human records.Myth: Slavery is a product of Western civilization.Fact: Slavery is virtually a universal institution.Myth: Slavery in the non-Western world was a mild, benign, and non-economic institution.Fact: Slaves were always subject to torture, sexual exploitation, and arbitrary...
How did the explorers and later the colonists who came to the New World for “Gold, Glory and/or God” justify their treatment of Native Americans, African slaves, and indentured servants?
Were there discrepancies between agreed-upon political ideals and the treatment of these minority groups?
The nations that explored and colonized North and South America during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries used a variety of approaches for subjugating Native...