Maurizio MORABITO; Tel.6661 (
Mon, 13 Feb 1995 07:38:00 GMT

In article <Pine.SUN.3.91.950209144631.2557A-100000@chuma> "Eric Steimle (CHE)" <> writes:

> The historical situation that makes "black" an important concept
> in this society involves the kidnapping and enslavement of
> Africans, who were uprooted from their original societies and
> consequently lost their previous ethnic distinctness from each other.
> They've built up a common heritage in its place. The situation in
> Africa is completely different. The war between the "Tootsies" and
> the "Hutus" should make obvious the nonexistence of a blanket
> ethnic identity for all Africans.
> If I were you I'd worry less about coming up with nice definitions
> of words like "black", and more time becoming aware of the
> social realities that justify, or fail to justify, the use of
> such words. The complexity of the historical situation defies
> summarization in a few neat definitions.
I'm curious who you believe was responsible for this uprooting and
enslavement. Was it the consumer, the middlemen , or the wholesellers?

Who do you consider the consumers ect. to be?

I don't see your point anyway this is from the Enc Britannica,


[...]Slavery was also a common practice among the native Indian tribes
of South America. When the Spanish conquered a large part of the New
World in the late 15th century, they put the Indians to work in their
mines and fields. The Indians, however, died quickly because of
exposure to European diseases and harsh working conditions. To remedy
this problem, the Spaniards began importing slaves from
Africa in 1517. The Africans were sent first to the West Indies and then to the
mainland, where the sugar industry was flourishing. Thus began the harsh institution
of black plantation slavery.

The first African slaves in North America arrived at the English
colony of Virginia aboard a Dutch ship in 1619. The English were then
developing highly profitable plantations where tobacco, sugar, and,
later, cotton were grown. As the number of slaves required to work the
fields increased, trading in slaves became even more profitable than
exporting crops, and an elaborate trade network was set up between
North America, the West Indies, and West Africa. In 1681 there were
about 2,000 slaves in Virginia, but by the mid-19th century, the slave
population in America had risen to more than 4,000,000. [...]


So it seems it has grown due to lack of native slaves.



Maurizio Morabito |"I for one could offer a lot of thoughts on any| subject,but in many cases they would be based on
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