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Slavery has led to the establishment of expansive empires throughout history and one mans journey provides a bit of the personal insight it takes to begin to understand the inner workings of the slave trade between Africa and the Americas at the end of the eighteenth century It takes a very specific environment for slavery and human trafficking to transpire In empires far from the conquering countrys home in a time when economic growth dominates people become commodities European Christians during the era of abolitionism likely received Olaudah Equianos well-respected narrative eagerly as they longed to comprehend the slave trades environment accurately Following the sequence of Equianos account can help the reader understand the lives of African slaves and consider the role of slavery African natives and the passage to the Americas based on his experiences the reader can ultimately use these insights to draw conclusions regarding the ways in which humans have become commodities during the establishment of empires through history Equianos life before his capture speaks volumes into the remainder of his experiences Understanding his background illumines his outlook for the rest of his account Being educated and from a family of good standing Equiano describes his early life fondly and identifies his capture as the time when an end was put to his happiness 701 In his childhood many slaves worked for his father He is careful to qualify that he slaves his family sold were people who had committed crimes or been taken as prisoners of war His experience with slaves prior to his capture was likely commonplace This type of African slavery foils the volatility and unjust brutality found in American plantation slavery Because of the explosive American economys dependence on cash crops and its distance from Britains moral influence plantation slavery brought new injustices and practices to the slave trade Despite minor similarities slavery in the Americas was much more drastic and ruthless than the traditional and common form
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