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Slavery Good or Bad Slavery was good for slaves because their masters cared for them If they were sick or hurt their masters helped them Their masters made sure their slaves always had a sufficient amount of food some place to live Their masters gave them clothes to protect themselves from the weather Like from a hot day in the sun or a rainy cold day Their masters also protected them from people outside their homes From people that harassed and beat their slaves Last slaves always had a job but if they were free it might have been harder to get a job because of their skin color Southerners even thought that slavery was for their own good for them Slavery originated from the Sahara on ancient trading routes and by the 17th century an increasing number of goods and slaves were transported out of the continent from the European ports on the Atlantic coast European exploration in the Americas led to a great demand for slaves to work in the new colonies Europeans did not want to do such work themselves so they began to ship captured Africans across the Atlantic Ocean Like Africa the Americas were transformed by the arrival of Europeans in the 15th century When Christopher Columbus reached the Caribbean they forced the local people to work for them in mines and plantations Many thousands of Native Americans died as a result of brutal treatment or from unknown European diseases such as smallpox to which they had no immunity The first English colony on the mainland was established in Jamestown Virginia in 1607 By 1732 there were 13 English colonies along the east coast To survive the English colonists had to work the land
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