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Abolitionist Movement and the Antislavery Movement

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Where did slavery begin? What societal ideas supported slavery in America? Discuss the antislavery movement and how it contributed to the end of slavery?

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Explanation of the Abolitionist Movement, including where slavery began and the societal ideas supported slavery in America.

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Where did slavery begin?

The Atlantic slave trade began in Africa in the mid-1400s and lasted into the 19th century. Initially, Portuguese traders purchased small numbers of slaves from kingdoms on the western coast of Africa and transported them for sale in Portugal and Spain. The Atlantic slave trade did not become a huge enterprise until after European nations began colonizing the Americas during the 1500s. During the 1600s the Dutch pushed the Portuguese out of the trade and then contested the British and French for control of it. By 1713 Britain ...

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