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The link between overseas colonization and enslaving foreign peoples began with Spain's first explorations beyond Europe and the Mediterranean. This article traces them from the Canary Islands, to North and West Africa, to the Caribbean.
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Why is it important?
This article explores the earliest discourses used to justify slavery in the Spanish Empire, which largely focused on religion and geography at this early stage -- not protean conceptions of race.
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This page is a summary of: From Africa to the Ocean Sea: Atlantic slavery in the origins of the Spanish Empire, Atlantic Studies, April 2017, Taylor & Francis,
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