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What were the effects of the importation of African slaves into the Americas?

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janetdacumos | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted August 26, 2012 at 7:37 AM via web

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What were the effects of the importation of African slaves into the Americas?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM (Answer #1)

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There were many important effects of the importation of African slaves.  Among the most important are:

  • It created multi-racial societies in many countries of the Americas.  These contrives would later have to deal with the effects of having ex-slaves and the descendants of those slaves among their citizens.
  • It harmed both slaves and white people.  The system was one in which the slaves were brutalized and the whites were allowed and perhaps even encouraged to be brutal.  This was not good for either group.
  • It harmed the African societies from which the slaves were taken.  Taking that many people, mostly in the prime of life, had a devastating impact on the societies from which they were taken.

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