Why were slaves in the Caribbean and where did they come from?
Subject: Social Studies
Date: October 2020
Topic: Why did the slaves come to the Caribbean and where did they come from?
Between 1662 and 1807 Britain shipped 3.1 million Africans across the Atlantic Ocean in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Africans were forcibly brought to British owned colonies in the Caribbean and sold as slaves to work on plantations. Slavery was prevalent in many parts of Africa for many centuries before the beginning of the Atlantic slave trade. There is evidence that enslaved people from some parts of Africa were exported to states in Africa, Europe, and Asia prior to the European colonization of the Amerindians. The Atlantic slave trade was not the only slave trade from Africa, although it was the largest in volume and intensity. Europeans usually bought enslaved people who were captured during the continual state of warfare between African states. Some Africans had made a business out of capturing Africans from neighboring ethnic groups or war captives and selling them. Jamaican enslaved peoples came mainly from West/Central Africa and South-East Africa. Europeans saw this as an opportunity to get access to cheap labor, which they needed for their plantations and so they began the slave trade and the number of Africans being sold into slavery grew exponentially. Watch the video below for a quick summary