Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade. Why was slavery widespread in Africa prior to 1440?. African concept of land ownership – no private property Kings create loyal following Spoils of war Social status. Characteristics of African Slavery. Slaves inherited Served variety of functions
1. Labor intensive agriculture in New World –
2. Native Americans were ineffective
Stage 3: 1650 – 1800 (peak)
Reasons for increase:
Sugar and Mol.
Rum and Guns