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Jhonan Mercado Women Studies 187 Lisa D Robinson Question 3 March 28 1997 Slavery in America The enslavement of the Black man was not the first time slavery existed in history According to history another group of people that were enslaved were the Israelites in Egypt However no slavery even that of the Israelites in history was worse than the slavery of the Black man The slavery of the Black man in America was the cruelest ever known to man Europeans transported slaves from Africa as early as 1505 Spaniards brought the slaves to the island of Hispaniola Some historians say that there were probably Africans on Columbus ships when he first sailed the Atlantic Ocean These Africans were stripped of their home culture and language The Black man and women was treated as an animal He was not considered part of the human family Blacks were taught that their slavery is the way things were meant to be The white man used religion and other institutions in order to justify slavery in the south According to historian slavery existed in the deep south because of the economical situation However this does not explain why Africans were enslaved in America The desperation for people to work the fertile land of the south called for the need of slaves In Virginia North Carolina and Kentucky the plantations grew tobacco In South Carolina rice was grown Cotton plantation increased in Georgia Alabama and Mississippi These plantation need people to work them These plantation could not hire indentured servants because it would be to expensive Indians could not be enslaved because it was easier for them to revolt against their slave masters the Americas was their home Africans were the perfect victims because thousands of miles away from home Therefore it was hard for these people to escape slavery In addition most of these African came from different tribes and communication was very hard amongst
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