The Europeans and the World -6- (1400-1815)
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The Europeans and the World -6- (1400-1815) - 2012-02-16 21:37:58

The trade starts very quickly. The island colonies begin export activities: food or products related to the textile industry on the continent (dye) are sold. On the African coast, besides the occasional exotic items, the Portuguese can exchange to obtain the main local products: gold, gum Arabic and slaves. To capture slaves is dangerous and uncertain. This is the reason why it’s quickly stopped. Raids are very specific and limited. They are quickly replaced, like all other exchanges, by a more organized and larger trade in fortified trading posts. (Feitorias)