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Slavery We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness Thomas Jefferson Slavery Slavery in America stems well back to when the new world was first discovered and was led by the country to start the African Slave Trade- Portugal The African Slave Trade was first exploited for plantations in that is now called the Caribbean and eventually reached the southern coasts of America Slavery Two Milton Meltzer The African natives were of all ages and sexes Women usually worked in the homes cooking and cleaning whereas men were sent out into the plantations to farm Young girls would usually help in the house also and young boys would help in the farm by bailing hay and loading wagons with crops Since trying to capture the native Indians the Arawaks and Caribs failed Small-Pox had killed them the Europeans said out to capture African slaves They were shipped from Africa by the Europeans in what was called The Triangular Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade This was an organized route where Europeans would travel to Africa bringing manufactured goods capture Africans and take them to the Caribbean and then take the crops and goods and bring them back to Europe The African people in order to communicate invented a language that was a mixture of all the African languages combined called Creole This language now varies from island to island They also kept their culture which accounts for calypso music and the instruments used in these songs Slavery was common all over the world until 1794 when France signed the Act of the National Convention abolishing slavery It would take America about a hundred years to do
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