Between 1500 and the middle of the nineteenth century, some 12.5 million slaves were sent as bonded labour from Africa to the European settlements in the Americas. Shaping the New World introduces students to the origins, growth, and consolidation of African slavery in the Americas and race-based slavery's impact on the economic, social, and cultural development of the New World. While the book explores the idea of the African slave as a tool in the formation of new American societies, it also acknowledges the culture, humanity, and importance of the slave as a person and highlights the role of women in slave societies. Serving as the third book in the UTP/CHA International Themes and Issues Series, Shaping the New World introduces readers to the topic of African slavery in the New World from a comparative perspective, specifically focusing on the English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch slave systems.
Preface A Note on Usage 1. The Setting for New World Slavery 2. Slavery and the Shaping of Colonial Latin America, 1500-1800 3. The Making of the Black Caribbean, 1650-1800 4. Slavery in Prerevolutionary North America: The Making of the "South" 5. The Atlantic Slave Trade: 1500-1850 6. Women, Children, and Family 7. The Apogee: Revolutions, Abolitionism, and Persistence 8. The Aftermath Chronology Select Bibliography Index