Slaves weren't always forced into involuntary service and labor because of economic reasons (a primary factor with the European slave trade that lasted all the way until the early 19th Century.) but also because of "spoils of war." In ancient times, and during the rule of the Aztecs, many prisoners-of-war became slaves as a result of military defeat and surrender.
The first slaves in the Americas were the Native Americans theirselves, as a result of being conquered by the Aztec Empire. However, when the Spanish came over and successfully destroyed the Aztec military forces and took over Tenochtitlan (with the help of smallpox epidemics that wiped out over half the population of the 200,000 population capital), it was the Aztecs and other Native Mesoamerican peoples that became slaves. Unfortunately for the Spaniards, however, the Indians turned out to be of little use in the silver mines, and too susceptible to the diseases that the white Europeans brought over.
This is how black slavery began. By the late 1500s, black slaves were being brought over from western and sub-Saharan Africa to ...
It's very sad, but very true.
Nation of Islam Guy: O no!!! The white man is taking me down again just like my grandfather and his grandfather!! The white government is racist and hate the colored. Let us create our own black nation and hate Jews and Whitey in peace.
Crazy Democrats: Prasie the lord, give him $50K for his hardships. When will the exploitation of the black man end?