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How did the Atlantic slave trade influence Europe's economy? 

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The Atlantic slave trade affected the European economy in two main ways.

First, the trade gave European countries a new outlet for things like manufactured goods and textiles.  They sold these to African coastal kingdoms in exchange for slaves.  Second, the trade allowed the European countries to take advantage of the commodities grown in the colonies using slave labor.  The slave trade brought slaves to the Americas where they grew things like sugar and tobacco.  These crops brought money to the European countries that owned the colonies where they were grown.  In these two main ways, the slave trade affected the European economy.

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