The Atlantic World

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During 1492-1750, Africa and the Americas underwent many social and economic changes due to contact among others in the Atlantic World, but Europe, who also played a big part, remained constant. Africa’s native male population was reduced due to the slave trade, but their economy was growing because of the goods attained from the Europeans. The Americas lost many native inhabitants, while many Europeans and African males settled in the colonies. The economy in the Americas was poor because they had to send whatever they made back to Europe. Europe on the other hand, did not change as much socially or economically. Europeans lost some population due to diseases gained from the Americas but was quickly balanced by the use of potatoes. Their economy was kept in balance because of what they obtained from the Americas and Africa.

Africa’s native male population was reduced due to the slave trade, but their economy was growing because of the goods attained from the Europeans. The Europeans traded goods for slave males in order to bring them to the Americas to work in plantations. The slave trade caused a large drop in African population due to the many slaves being traded. But because of the trade, Africa obtained many goods, and were able to improve their economy, even though they got less than what they could have earned.

The Americas lost many native populations due to diseases like small pox introduced to them by Europeans. The disease killed nearly ninety percent of the population. Though the Americas lost most of their native population, Europeans and African males moved into the Americas from their homelands. The Europeans usually made the African males work for them in plantations to grow cash crops to send back to Europe. The Europeans practiced mercantilism, which meant the Americas had to send whatever they made back to Europe. Europe can then sell their products back to the Americas for a higher price. Mercantilism caused many people in the Americas...
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