I agree ! Especially who had a monopoly on the sub-Saharan trade in gold and spices.
Hello ! I am Aurel and I am showing you a flashback of my experience during the transatlantic Slave trade.
As Portugese, we shall go to Africa to bypass Muslim North Africans !
Here are the gold.
Hmm maybe if we take some of the Africans and make the as slaves we could get money by transporting them!
As shown in the picture, the Portuguese and Africans were trading spices and gold!
Here are your spices sir!
SHIP TO EUROPE
They have kidnapped some of the Africans and turn them slaves!
SEND THEM TO EUROPE!
The Portuguese went to Africa in 15th century looking to bypass Muslim North Africans who had a monopoly on the sub-Saharan trade in gold and spices.
End of 15th Century in Lisbon
Woah! There sure are a lot of slave here!
As they explored and traded in West Africa, the Portuguese learned that money could be made by transporting slaves along the Atlantic coast to Muslim merchants.
GO KIDNAP THOSE AFRICANS! TURN THEM TO SLAVE SO WE WILL BE RICH HAHAHAA!
The Portuguese began to export small numbers of slaves to Europe, to work in the cities.
SHIP TO AFRICA
TEAM! LETS SAIL TO AFRICA AND KIDNAP SLAVES! JUST LIKE THE PORTUGESE DOES!
At the end of the 15th century, about 10% of the population of Lisbon (one of the largest cities in Europe) was African.
The Europeans kidnapped alot of Africans !
At this time, the Europeans also established sugar plantations on the islands off of Northwest Africa and the slave trade to those islands became profitable. I want to highlight this because the use of slave labor for plantation agriculture foreshadows the development of slavery in the Americas.
Take those Sugarcane!
Soon enough, other countries became interested in the profitable slave trade. English and Dutch ships joined in. They would raid Portuguese ships as well as going onto the mainland to enslave Africans for the trade.