Coerced and Free Migration: Global Perspectives (The Making by David Eltis

By David Eltis

A background of significant world wide inhabitants pursuits, loose and compelled, from approximately 1500 to the early-20th century. It explores the transferring degrees of freedom below which migrants travelled and compares the reports of migrants (and their descendants) who arrived less than assorted labour regimes.

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Spain conquered and then administered an existing empire, the main export of which was precious metals—first looted and then mined. 6 Spain and to a lesser degree Portugal moved into the richest and most populous areas of the New World; and Spanish America, at least, exported few commodities compared to later European regimes. It is unlikely that the few native textiles, hides, and plantation products that crossed the Atlantic in the sixteenth century from Spanish America could have justified their transportation costs without piggy-backing on the very high 40 David Eltis value to weight ratios of bullion exports—the latter ensuring cheap space for lower-value items.

33 l III ➣ Patterns and Consequences Finally, what of the long-run consequences of the unprecedented mixing of peoples and labor regimes? The differences between electing to move across the Atlantic and being forced to move by others appear so enormous that at first sight comparisons might be expected to highlight only contrasts. The impression is strengthened when stock is taken of shipboard conditions, morbidity and mortality in slave and non-slave transatlantic passages, and the permanent loss of control over one’s life and the life of one’s offspring that always separated slavery from the worst conditions experienced by non-slaves.

Spain conquered and then administered an existing empire, the main export of which was precious metals—first looted and then mined. 6 Spain and to a lesser degree Portugal moved into the richest and most populous areas of the New World; and Spanish America, at least, exported few commodities compared to later European regimes. It is unlikely that the few native textiles, hides, and plantation products that crossed the Atlantic in the sixteenth century from Spanish America could have justified their transportation costs without piggy-backing on the very high 40 David Eltis value to weight ratios of bullion exports—the latter ensuring cheap space for lower-value items.

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