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Transatlantic Slave Trade - Disadvantages and Advantages

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Triangular trade is a term demonstrating the trade between 3 ports. The triangular transatlantic slave trade, which is the best known triangular trading system, was a trading system which carried slaves, raw materials and resources, and manufactured foods. It operated from the late 16th to early 19th century. This trading system mainly consisted of three journeys. The outward passage from Europe to Africa carried manufactured goods in exchange for African slaves, who were then shipped to the Americas or the Caribbean to work. ...read more.

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Businessmen also felt strongly about the triangular trade. They argued that by disrupting the slave trade, businesses would be ruined and thousands of people would be put out of work. The citizens of Britain in their defense stated that the conditions of many African slaves are actually much more comfortable than the laborers in Britain itself. This thought was encouraged by merchants and plantation owners, who said that most slaves are very happy. They are provided with appropriate housing and clothing. They are fed generously with nutritious food by their owners as sick, injured or weak slaves were of no use. ...read more.

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It is a source of work and income for nearly half the population. Religious people felt that the only way to heaven was through Christianity, and so thought they were doing the slaves a favor, by letting them convert to Christianity through the work of missionaries. As a result, opposition to the slave trade was made much more difficult because the majority of the public supported the trading system. Many people benefited greatly from the slave trade and were reluctant to give up the products that resulted from the slave trade. ...read more.

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