The slave trade, "roots" essay

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The Slave Trade

An estimated amount of 10 to 15 million Africans were transported across the Atlantic ocean from the 16th to the 18th century to trade them as slaves.  Of thisnumber almost five percent of those Africans were brought and sold to North America and later to the United States and most of them arrived between 1680 and 1810. The slave trade was different accordingto the person that was sold. That’s why each children, men or women were used and traded in a special way.

The first slaves to be brought to the United States were the male. They were consideredmore valuable than children or women because of their strength. Slaved men were in charge of doing activities such as building houses, plowing fields, blacksmithing, carpentry or any kind of hard workthat requires a lot of strength. As a result men were the principal source in the slave market and they were offered in a huge amount and people paid more for them.

The second slave groups bought bythe USA citizens were the women. Slave buyers turned on purchasing women because they were cheaper and they were used to do special hand activities because of their great ability in the agriculturalwork. In a small farm with few salves, women were more likely to be bought because while men were demanded more physical tasks, women were useful to hoe fields or build fences but not cutting thetrees. Consequently women were considered the second group of slaves to be bought by Americans.

Finally, children were the third kind of slaves traded from Africa to North America. Although kids werenot so valuable for the slave commerce, they were purchased because the kids were even cheaper than woman but they were a bad risk for planters because the ones who purchased them lost a lot of moneybecause children were vulnerable to diseases so they were hard to sell but, by the 18th century, planters depended on youth work because younger salves would live longer and they could make more...