Europeans were looking for somewhere to invest their money very cheap labour was available in the form of enslaved africans the americas became a booming new economy in 1510 king ferdinand of spain sent 200 africans to his american colonies to work in enslavement throughout the sixteenth century the.
Some africans captured in wars were sold to european traders by other africans according to the atlantic slave trade: effects on africa, karo kant states that, “10 to 12 million africans were forced into slavery and sent to european colonies in north and south america from 1520 to 1860” (pg135) many more were captured.
How many africans were taken from africa through enslavement there are no complete records and estimates vary from a few millions to 100,000,000 people most historians today think that, according to the shipping records available, between 9 and 11 million people were taken out of africa by european slave traders.
From africa between 1520 and 1867 we further estimate that an additional 566,000 enslaved africans were disembarked in spanish america from other european col- onies in the new world, such as jamaica and brazil our new, upwardly revised figures will appear on the updated estimates page of the voyages section.
From the book revelations of a slave smuggler published in 1860 our foundation essays are longer than usual and take a wider look at key issues the recent discovery of the remains of the portuguese slave ship são josé off cape town has brought east africa's role in the transatlantic slave trade to.
Africans and luso-africans in the portuguese slave trade on the upper guinea coast in the early seventeenth century / linda a newson van de universities' mission to central africa over de gevolgen van de slavenhandel in oost-afrika, van 1860 tot 1890/ simone olsthoorn.
As a result, approximately 388,000 africans arrived in the united states between the mid-seventeenth century and 1860 it is likely that more landed in this country because some africans who first arrived in the caribbean and later were moved to north america (as on the ships that olaudah equiano worked in the 1760s for.