The Atlantic Slave Trade

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Newman, S., A New World of Labor: The Development of Plantation Slavery in the British Atlantic (Philadelphia, 2013) - The small and remote island of Barbados seems an unlikely location for the epochal change in labour that overwhelmed it and much of British America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. However, by 1650 it had become the greatest wealth-producing area in the English-speaking world, the center of an exchange of people and goods between the British Isles, the Gold Coast of West Africa, and the New World. By the early seventeenth century, more than half a million enslaved men, women, and children had been transported to the island. In A New World of Labor, Simon P. Newman argues that this exchange stimulated an entirely new system of bound labour.