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Why did the Europeans want Africans to be slaves?

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2009-06-08 23:26:10
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== == Black Africans had been engaging in the slave trade, both between various black African peoples and with the Arabs, for centuries, though in a somewhat less permanent form. Thus they were set up and ready to sell slaves to anyone who had the money to buy them. The Europeans needed laborers who were used to tropical conditions to do manual labor in their colonies in the Americas. Thus, since the Africans were already in the slave business anyway, it was easy for the Europeans to become their next customers. Also the Europeans wanted slaves to work on their sugar plantations. They already had bondservants whom they had to pay but the African slaves provided a much cheaper way to get labour.

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