Forced African settlement. The basis of forced settlement: Africa and its trading conditions

  • Enriqueta Vilá Vilar
  • Wim Klooster


Although the forced emigration of Africans to the Americas may be considered an accident or an unusual scheme which had to be introduced for the development of new societies, it is certain that the slave trade arising out of this emigration was in no way haphazard. It had in fact been practised for centuries, but now it started to grow in a spectacular way. A few years after the first Spanish settlements in the West Indies were founded, the slave trade expanded in proportion to the amount of land being incorporated under the Crown of Castile and to the resulting decimation of the indigenous population.


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  • Wim Klooster

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