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Activity 6 Slavery and the Slave Trade Transform Europe Source Blackburn R 1997 The Making of New World Slavery From the Baroque to the Modern 1492 1800 New York Verso pp 381 395 541 Background Wealth generated by the trans Atlantic slave trade and trade in slave produced commodities fundamentally transformed European society Population nearly doubled between 1700 and 1800 A and international trade flourished B The British economy C D was especially successful For much of the 17th century The Netherlands had a monopoly on providing enslaved Africans to the Spanish New World colonies As a result one of the most striking changes was in Amsterdam and The Netherlands where slave trade profits supported population growth and paid for the construction of canals and dikes and the reclaiming of previously flooded land that doubled the size of the country E F Examine charts and graphs A F and answer the questions that accompany each chart As a culminating assignment use the information from charts and graphs and your answers to the questions to prepare a 500 to 1 000 word essay describing the transformation of Europe during the Age of Colonialism A 18th Century European Population Growth in millions England Wales France Spain Total Europe 1700 5 8 20 7 5 100 1800 9 1 27 11 5 190 change 56 35 53 90 Questions 1 Which of these countries had the largest population increase by percentage in the eighteen century 2 What was the total population increase for Europe in the 18th century B European International Trade 1720 1800 Country 1720 1750 1780 1800 Britain 13 000 000 21 000 000 23 000 000 67 000 000 Germany 8 000 000 15 000 000 20 000 000 36 000 000 France 7 000 000 13 000 000 22 000 000 31 000 000 Total Europe 62 000 000 103 000 000 137 000 000 228 000 000 Questions 1 Which of these European countries had the largest international trade by value in 1800 2 What happened to European international trade from 1720 to 1800 C Tonnage of Shipping in British Overseas Trade 1663 1772



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