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How large that trade was can be gleaned from the numbers of migrants: from 1492 to 1820, five times as many Africans went to the New World as white Europeans. Still, from 1820 to 1870, the numbers of Europeans and Africans were equal. It should never be forgotten that black Africans had helped to build the New World. It was only after 1870 that a great European migration changed the numbers and built the mythology of a white United States, as if it the numbers had always been thus. Discrimination is part of that history in the United States and elsewhere in the Americas and the world.
So much depends on budgets and the art of persuasion here to move Parliament to support the company in its business. Britain and the United States: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries The Society of Friends or Quakers, although it had members connected to the slave trade or who were slave owners, came to work for the abolition of slavery. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Quakers like John Woolman (1720–72) and Antoine Bénézet (also known as Anthony Benezet, 1713–84) wished to extend to the colonies the ban on slavery in the British Isles.
16 The Portuguese were involved in raids to kidnap slaves. Still, Cadamosto tries to implicate the Barbazini (Barbacenes) and Sereri (Serer) in the slave trade: “They will not recognize any lord among them, lest he should carry off their wives and children and sell them into slavery, as is done by the kings and lords of all the other lands of the negroes. ”17 The danger is that blaming the Africans as cruel, the account can displace or elide the cruelty of the Portuguese, or the Spaniards in the Canary Islands.