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The continuing demand for African slaves labor arose from the development of plantation agriculture the price of sugar and the demand for miners Not only did Africans represent skilled laborers but they were also experts in tropical agriculture Consequently they were well-suited for agriculture and mining The high immunity to malaria and yellow fever made them more suitable for labor During the three centuries prior to 1850 as many as 14 million slaves have been introduced into Latin America compared with about 500000 brought into the United States In Latin America most of the slaves were taken to the Caribbean where they worked on sugar plantations The island of Barbados has a total surface area of 166 square miles As a result of its pioneer status in the sugar revolution it had achieved a status as the most important jewel in His Majestys Crown Sugar production dominated the islands economic life employing about 82 percent of the slave population on over 175 sugar plantations some of them exceeding 450 acres Beginning in the mid-1800s the Caribbean became involved primarily in the production of coffee grains wool and meat all destined for the markets of northwestern Europe The opening of Brazils interior led to large-scale mining Sugar plantation work was very hard and labor intensive The slaves had little or no freedom they were living on huge sugar plantations There was little or no chance for a slave to earn money on the side to purchase hisher freedom The sex ratio was mostly male however there were a substantial amount of females present as well Brazil also had sugar plantations that required many laborers Brazil was ruled by the Portuguese And first they enslaved Indians But the epidemics of smallpox and other diseases had their effects in Brazil as elsewhere and imported African labor came to replace that of the indians African slaves were brought to work the plantations
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