Triangular Trade Storyboard
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Colonization and mercantilism go hand in hand. To expand their nation's wealth and power, monarchs often sponsored exploration and colonization. Colonies provided raw materials needed for manufacturing in the old world. This shipping of raw materials and goods back and forth is known as mercantilism.
To gain access to resources and attain more wealth, many nations sent explorer's and colonists to newly discovered areas to claim the land and resources their for the mother country. This is called colonization.
The Triangular Trade refers to the sea routes used by Europe, the Americas, and Africa for trade of goods, raw materials, gold, and slaves.
The Middle Passage was the name of the route used to transport enslaved people from Africa to the Americas.
Slavery isn't a new idea to history. What makes the Transatlantic Slave Trade different was it eventually became based on race, and it was chattel slavery, meaning slaves were treated like property and rarely had a chance to gain their freedom.
Contrary to the belief that Europeans forcibly took slaves, many African kingdoms traded, captured, and sold their own people into slavery. Enslaved people were a commodity, and important in sustaining the economy. The New World needed labor, the Old World needed raw materials, and Africa needed manufactured goods.
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