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The men, women and children, most likely from the kingdoms of Ndongo and Kongo, endured the horrific journey, bound for a life of enslavement in Mexico.

Almost half the captives had died by the time the ship was seized by two English pirate ships; the remaining Africans were taken to Point Comfort, a port near Jamestown, the capital of the English colony of Virginia, which the Virginia Company of London had established 12 years earlier.

Forced labor was not uncommon — Black and Europeans had been trading goods and people across the Mediterranean for centuries — but enslavement had not been based on race.

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The trans-Atlantic slave trade, which began as early as mistresses 15th century, introduced slaves system of slavery that was commercialized, racialized and inherited. Enslaved people were seen not as people at all but as commodities to be bought, sold and exploited.

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In the 15th century, the Roman Catholic Church divided the world in half, granting Portugal a monopoly on trade in West Africa and Spain the right to colonize the New World in its slaves for land and gold.

Spain established an asiento, or contract, that authorized the direct shipment of captive Africans for trade as human commodities in the Spanish colonies in the Americas.

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Eventually other European nation-states — the Netherlands, France, Denmark and England — seeking similar economic and geopolitical power joined in the trade, exchanging goods and people with leaders along the West African coast, who ran self-sustaining societies known for their www brothalovers com land and wealth in gold and other trade goods. They competed to secure the asiento and colonize the New Tamil sex video wep. With these efforts, a new form of slavery came into being.

It was endorsed by the European nation-states and based on race, and it resulted white the largest forced mistresses in the world: Some The sale of their bodies and the product of their labor brought the Atlantic world into being, including colonial North America.

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In the colonies, status began to be defined by race black class, and whether by custom, case law or statute, freedom was limited to maintain the enterprise white slavery and ensure power.