Christopher Columbus and the Enslavement of the Amerindians

Jalil Sued-badillo

in Displacements and Transformations in Caribbean Cultures

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032184
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038766 | DOI:
Christopher Columbus and the Enslavement of the Amerindians

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This chapter discusses the origins of the slave trade from the Middle Ages to the present. It looks at the global mercantilist trajectories of Christopher Columbus and others who reconfigured and transplanted ancient models of slavery to the Caribbean. They are also said to have manipulated the contradictions implicit in the trafficking of diverse bodies as merchandise. This discussion shifts the focal point from natural resources to human resources, and serves to broaden the study of slavery in the Caribbean.

Keywords: slave trade; global mercantilist trajectories; ancient models; slavery; trafficking; human resources; Caribbean

Chapter.  10545 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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