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The triangle trade created a winning situation for everyone involved America traded rum the Caribbean traded molasses and Africa traded slaves All three gave a little and got a little Of course America and the Caribbean were trading products that were not alive Africa was turning humans into products all the while neglecting their health family and cultural ties The African slaves were brought to America in mass numbers in unbelievably uncomfortable settings and many of them died on the passage across the Atlantic The traders mentality was to pack as many slaves as possible onto the ship and if a few died along the way so be it Their approach to the slaves was the same as their approach to a boatload of lettuce Some of it may be rotten or dead by the time the journey ends but as long as there is enough left over to satisfy the demand of the customers everything works out Since the slaves were treated in such a demeaning manner it is a miracle that they even remembered their culture at all Of course over time the slaves began to accept the American cultures Sometimes they did this in order to try to gain favor with the whites and other times they did it because it became a part of their lives naturally The African slaves in America all tried to retain some of their culture but the slaves in Northern America adjusted more to American culture than the slaves in the South due to numbers in population and their close living arrangements with their masters The slaves in Northern America consisted of a very small amount of the overall population For example African slaves only accounted for two percent of New Englands total population Taylor 333 Also even though the colonies were primarily rurally developed areas the northern slaves were disproportionately urban Taylor 333 Urban slaves usually worked for wealthy families and performed jobs such as
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