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Describe how slavery developed and entrenched itself in the British North American colonies. Include a discussion of how racial ideologies developed.
2. Compare and contrast the different standards of living, political participation, and economic development in the southern North American British colonies versus the northern ones in the 1600s. Did these differences continue into the 1700s?
3. Discuss the following passage and describe its historical significance (what does it teach us about the past?) and place it in the larger historical context (what larger historical event/movement is it part of?).
King Alfonso to King Joao III, Mbanza Congo, August 25, 1526
“Now Your Highness is putting alll of this in jeopardy by showing so little interest in us. The [Portuguese ship] pilots’ disregard for us is clear when they leave, as they often do, without even waiting for our messages. They pretend to be obeying the orders of Your Highness’ officers. When our letters arrive at the harbor they have already left. Then they accuse us of being careless to cover their own errors and to put us in a unfavorable position with regards to Your Highness. Thus they give you an excuse to forget us completely. We beg you not to believe these liars and these men whose sole purpose is to make profit and sell their illgotten goods. Through this trade of theirs, they damage and corrupt our kingdom as well as christianity which has been flourishing here for so many years and which cost so much to your ancestors. Yet it is a very precious treasure. . . . One can do a lot of damage with so many goods and through anarchic means. These goods prove themselves so attractive to the simply minded and the ignorant folks that they forget to believe in God in order to believe in them. We mus remedy this situation for it is a trick of the devil which could lead to the damnation of all. In addition to this, my Lord, our people fall victim of a monstrous greed which causes them to act like thieves and take their own relatives as well as ours, even christian one, to trade them and sell them as captives. This corruption is such that our troops are no longer able to put an end to it without frequently conducting numerous and large scale executions [punitive war expeditions] among our subjects. . . .
My Lord, avoid sending us merchants who engage in vicious trade as well as evil goods. This impededs the salvation of the souls and spoils the good results we had obtained . . .
Furthermore, we need three or four good grammarians to complete the instruction of our subjects who have begun their education.”