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Spanish, English, and French exploration


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The Origins of Slavery in the New World
Resource Type: E-Seminar

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Slavery in History: The Legacy of 1492

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Excerpt from An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (1776).
Excerpt from An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (1776).

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Professor Foner compares the benefits and misfortunes resulting from the "discovery" of America.

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Professor Foner explains how European monarchs and merchants wanted to bypass the Arab, Berber, and Muslim middlemen, who dominated the international trade routes acress Africa and the Middle and Near East to India and China. A direct water route instead, from Europe to China, around the southern tip of Africa, promised the Europeans greater control and wealth.
Professor Foner explains how European monarchs and merchants wanted to bypass the Arab, Berber, and Muslim middlemen, who dominated the international trade routes acress Africa and the Middle and Near East to India and China. A direct water route instead, from Europe to China, around the southern tip of Africa, promised the Europeans greater control and wealth.

Slavery in History: New World Encounters
Resource Type: Primary Source
This map from Theatrum orbis terrarum (1570) by Abraham Ortelius depicts what the European explorers understood of their world in the period after Columbus's encounters. The interior of the Americas, compared to that of Africa and Asia, was relatively unknown and, hence, unmapped by famous European cartographers.

Excerpt from An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (1776).
Resource Type: Primary Source

Slavery in History: The Legacy of 1492
Resource Type: Primary Source
This hand-colored facsimile of an engraving (1564) by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues shows French settlers arriving on the Florida coast.

Excerpt from An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (1776).
Resource Type: Primary Source

Systems of Slavery: Diversity
Resource Type: Primary Source
A British cartographer counters the prevalence of French maps with the British view of the New World. The territory highlighted in yellow shows the French presence on the fur-bearing western and northern frontiers. Virginia and the Chesapeake are also delineated (1755).


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