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SlaveryWe hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are createdequal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienableRights that among these are Life Liberty and the pursuit of HappinessThomas JeffersonSlaverySlavery in America stems well back to when the new world was firstdiscovered and was led by the country to start the African Slave Trade-Portugal The African Slave Trade was first exploited for plantationsin that is now called the Caribbean and eventually reached the southerncoasts of America Slavery Two Milton Meltzer The African natives wereof all ages and sexes Women usually worked in the homes cooking andcleaning whereas men were sent out into the plantations to farm Younggirls would usually help in the house also and young boys would help inthe farm by bailing hay and loading wagons with cropsSince trying to capture the native Indians the Arawaks and Caribsfailed Small-Pox had killed them the Europeans said out to captureAfrican slavesThey were shipped from Africa by the Europeans in what was calledThe Triangular Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade This was an organized routewhere Europeans would travel to Africa bringing manufactured goodscapture Africans and take them to the Caribbean and then take the cropsand goods and bring them back to Europe The African people in order tocommunicate invented a language that was a mixture of all the Africanlanguages combined called Creole This language now varies from islandto island They also kept their culture which accounts for calypso musicand the instruments used in these songsSlavery was common all over the world until 1794 when France signedthe Act of the National Convention abolishing slavery It would takeAmerica about a hundred years to do the same Slavery Two Milton MeltzerGeorge Washington was Americas hero He was Americas firstpresident He was a slave owner He deplored slavery but did notrelease his slaves His will stated that they would be released afterthe death of his wife The Volume Library 1988 Washington wasntthe only president to have slaves Thomas Jefferson wrote
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