Female slave dating
Coastal forts were created to ensure the safety of European buyers and sellers during European competition of established African territory for slaves, but after the large demand of slaves in the Americas, “the commercial weakness of African forts were quickly exposed”, diminishing their use (Walvin, 49-53).[vii] The inter tensions between European countries led some harsh impacts on dividing the coasts along Africa between them.Since, there had been established forts for agreed slave trading was established it made it easier for newer European countries to come in and raid for control.Primarily, Europeans were attracted to the gold but, “additionally, they thought they might procure some African slaves for sale in Europe, where some elites still held slaves as domestic servants and exotic status symbols” (Lindsay, 17).Having African slaves was a new commodity at the time, but clearly the treatment of slaves differed greatly to the type of treatment they receive in the Americas.The enslavement of Spartacus closely relates to those slaves in America because “his labor power was at the complete disposal of a master; and though he was employed in a particular occupation, as a slave he could be put to any task in the economy” (Lindsay, 10).[ii] Spartacus relates closely to the slaves in America because he was seen as a commodity of labor and a property of his master, much like Africa slaves were to plantation owners.However, in areas of where this story and many other previous practices of enslavement differ from the Atlantic slave trade is the correlation between races.
Slaves are no longer seen as human beings but a commodity of their own labor.
Park states, “they [slaves] claim no reward for their services, except food and cloathing; and are treated with kindness or severity, according to the good or bad disposition of their masters”, which shows the value of slaves as laborers to gain absolute profit.[v] Professor Munster created the map below supposedly some time in between the late 1500s and early 1600s.[vi] It is a very interesting map because it shows how much knowledge the people had of that time of Africa.
Since most trade was conducted along the coastlines and the inland were considered dangerous territories therefore, the larger portion of Africa is drawn out to be the most West African part because it was most essential to them.
The demand for slave labor was rising at abundances of level and created a new type of slave trade because of profitable gains for both Europeans and African merchants acquired through kidnapping of innocent Africans or even through relative disputes.
The image below is visual description of other African bartering a slave for what it looks like a couple of guns.[xi] In the image a European buyer is inspecting a slave while another European is communicating with African slave traders with hand motions.