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This exhibition is focused on the North American or "Atlantic Slave trade."
WHY? Answer: Slavery still exists in many parts of the world today!
BY LOOKING BACK INTO OUR PAST...WE MAY FIND THE WILL
TO TAKE A PART IN ABOLISHING MODERN SLAVERY, WORLD-WIDE... IN OUR FUTURE !
first people in the "New World", to be enslaved by the Spanish and Portuguese in the West
Indies and Latin America were the Native Americans. Because the
majority of Native American slaves either revolted or escaped, other
forms of forced labor, akin to serfdom, were introduced. This was called in Spanish "repartimiento".
The resistance of the Native Americans to slavery only increased the
demand for Africans to replace them. Africans proved to be profitable
laborers in the Caribbean islands and the lowlands of the South American
mainland. The Atlantic Slave Trade was abolished about a hundred years ago. BUT WHAT ABOUT TODAY?