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Slavery in the Western World. Beginnings of Slavery. Slavery had been a practice for centuries, even in Africa. You would usually become a slave because you owed someone money or you were a prisoner Once your debt was repaid you could leave, and your treatment wasn’t horrible.

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beginnings of slavery
Beginnings of Slavery
  • Slavery had been a practice for centuries, even in Africa.
    • You would usually become a slave because you owed someone money or you were a prisoner
    • Once your debt was repaid you could leave, and your treatment wasn’t horrible.
    • Was not based on any race. Blacks held black as slaves in Africa and traded them.
king mansa musa
King Mansa Musa
  • Emperor of Mali 1280-1337
  • Brought Islam to West Africa
  • Set up a vast empire through mining and a trading triangle of gold and spices.
  • Legends of his gold spread to Europe
    • The Europeans then hoped to find this gold for their own use.
  • Significance: Setting up trade with Europe and getting Europeans exposed to Africa.
colonial influence
Colonial Influence
  • When capitalism started to produce a competition for who could accumulate the most wealth, European colonies began to explore new worlds.
  • They landed in Africa (the Portuguese were first)
  • Once there, they found gold and treasures
  • They also found that many African tribes were small and un-united
the renaissance
The Renaissance
  • Along with capitalism, the Renaissance had an influence on the birth of this type of slavery.
  • Science and technology grew, especially in Europe
  • European technology and weaponry was more advanced.
    • They had guns, horses, and fast ships to sail the seas.
  • When they landed in Africa, they saw an opportunity to make money and conquer.
view on race
View on Race
  • Because of societal changes at the time like the Renaissance and the birth of Capitalism, Europeans began to see black Africans as “savages”
  • They believed it was their duty to tame God’s savage creatures.
  • They believed in their hearts that they were better than all Africans and they the Africans were not people as they were.