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British economist Malachy Postlethwayt makes a statement about the importance of the African slave trade to European commerce

“The trade of Africa, as well to the French as the English, is the great foundation of their American commerce and navigation, as that alone supplies both nations with negroe- labourers to cultivate their west india colonies for sugars, indigo, cocoa, cotton, pimento, and all other estimable productions of the sugar colonies: and the commerce and navigation of America being the life and spirit of French European commerce; if England strikes at the root of the French African trade, she of course, cuts off the very stamina of the enemies trade and navigation to Europe as well as America.” The importance of the African expedition considered
 By Malachy Postlethwayt pg ii

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Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas, Spanish chronicler, highlights how great of workers the Africans were.

Como se llevasen muchos Negros de Guinea, porque era mas util el trabajo de un Negro, que de quatro indios."They took a lot of Negroes from Guinea because they were more useful. The work of one Negro was equal to that of four Indians" Decada I libro IX cap. V pg 223  Historia general de los hechos de los castellanos en las islas i tierra firme del mar oceano by Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas

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The Europeans instigated and promoted the African slave trade in Africa

"That the Europeans were far from desiring to act as peacemakers among the Negroes(Africans); which would be acting contrary to their interest, since the greater the wars, the more slaves were procured"  Andrew Brue, director of the Senegal Company

 

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Posted : 07/20/2018 5:22 pm
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Homosexuality was introduced into Africa by the Europeans

William smith a English surveyor talks to a man named Charles wheeler who stayed in Africa for ten years. He said he had never heard of homosexuality or bestiality among the Africans.

"All the time i lived here (Africa), i never once heard of those detestable and unnatural crimes of sodomy and bestiality, so much practice among Christians (Europeans)" pg 248

William smith also accounts from his black female servant that homosexuality was introduced into Africa by the Europeans "the inhabitants of which, by the conflux of Europeans, of different nations residing among them, had learnt their vices, and particularly that detestable and unnatural one of sodomy." she goes on to say that the town of these inhabitants were destroyed by the African king " but he (king) fearing that their unnatural vices would communicate themselves to the other parts of his dominions, he commanded his chief captains to lead forth his army, and to destroy the inhabitants of this place both men, women, and children." pg 257-258 

A new voyage to Guinea: describing the customs, manners, soil, manual arts ... By William Smith (surveyor.)

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According to peter martyr, the Spaniards found Africans in Panama before their arrival. They were reported to be prisoners of war to the native Americans.

"mancipia ibi nigra repererunt ex regione distante a quarequa dierum spacio tantum duorum quae solos gignit nigritas, eos feroces atque admodum truces. ex aethiopia putant traiecisse quondam latrocinii causa nigritas, inque illis montibuus naufragos fixisse peden. cum his nigris odia excercent intestina quarequani, & sese servitio addicunt vicissim aut trucidant.

"The Spaniards found negro slaves in this province. they only live in a region one day's march from Quarequa, and they are fierce and cruel. it is thought that negro pirates of Ethiopia established themselves after the wreck of their ships in these mountains. The natives of Quarequa carry on incessant war with these Negroes. massacre or slavery is the alternate fortune of the two people." peter martyr Decadas III book I pg 71

 

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The most rebellious slave on the plantation was the one directly from Africa.

"The Negroes that most rebel, are those brought from guinea, who have been inured to war and hardship all their lives; few born here (Carolina), or in other provinces have been guilty of these vile practices, except over-persuaded by the former (African), whose designs they have sometimes discovered to the christians (whites); some of whom have been rewarded with their freedom for their good services; but the reader must observe, that they are not allowed to be witnesses in any cases whatever, only against one another." The Natural History of North Carolina by John Brickell, John Lawson, J. Bryan Grimes 1737  pg. 247

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Posted : 02/23/2019 12:19 am
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The African slave trade cost the European nothing. (The Europeans did not pay for slaves)

"Our trade with Africa is very profitable to the nation in general; it has this advantage, that it carries no money out , and not only supplies our plantations with servants, but brings in a great deal of bullion (Gold and silver) for those that are sold to the Spanish west indies, beside gold dust, and other commodities, as red wood, teeth (ivory), guinea grain,&. some of which are re-exported. The supplying our plantations with Negroes is of that extraordinary advantage to us, that the planting sugar and tobacco, and carrying on trade there could not be supported without them; which plantations, as i have elsewhere observed, are the great causes of the increase of riches to the kingdom (England)." The Trade and Navigation of Great Britain considered... by Joshua Gee pg 25

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