Epidemics, Slavery, Massacres, and Indigenous Resistance 1492-1599


Native slave trade specifically targets women and children

In contrast to the African slave trade, which consisted mostly of adult males, Indian enslavement under the Spanish as well as the English consisted primarily of women and children. “If we were to add up all the Indian slaves taken in the New World from the time of Columbus to the end of the nineteenth century, the figure would run somewhere between 2.5 and 5 million Native slaves” (Resendez, 2016, p. 5).

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