How did slavery support mercantilism in Great Britain?

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Let's first start by defining mercantilism. In a nutshell, mercantilism depended on the belief that the amount of wealth in the world was static. This theory was developed in the early fifteenth century and was used as a point of reference by the European nations during the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. Since the amount of wealth in the world was believed to be static, nations were working hard to collect as much of that wealth as possible.

Slavery was right at the center of mercantilism in Great Britain, as well as in other European nations. Great Britain created colonies all over the world, including in Africa and America. The main aim of these colonies was to control the available natural resources for the benefit of the British empire. Slaves were used as workers in...

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