Plantation Societies in the Era of European Expansion

1st Edition

Judy Bieber

Routledge
Published July 3, 1997
Reference - 370 Pages
ISBN 9780860785064 - CAT# Y283953
Series: An Expanding World: The European Impact on World History, 1450 to 1800

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Summary

The emergence of a widespread ’plantation complex’, in which slave labour produced crops such as sugar on large estates funded by European capital, was a phenomenon of the New World. This book shows how the institution of slavery was transformed by the demand for labour in the Americas, to fill the gap between conquerors and vanquished Indians and to work in mines, workshops, ranches and, above all, on the new plantations that were established to exploit the empty lands. The essays use quantitative methodology to draw conclusions about slave existence and demography, and examine the profitability and varying degrees of harshness of slave systems in different regions. They also consider the questions of manumission and slave resistance.

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