The Atlantic Slave Trade

Based on the Atlantic Slave trade lecture and your reading of Lisa Lindsay, Captives as Commodities, pp. 84-90, and the primary source by Ludewig Romer, explore why is it important to understand that slave traders and those who invested in the slave trade treated African captives as “commodities”? How does this fact help explain the issues of profits over morality and human rights in the middle passage? And how does this fact explain certain features of this inhumane trade? Based on the short quotes from Romer’s book, how did Europeans influence wars in Africa in order to gain more captives to enslave?

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