David Marks Staff asked 4 years ago

Would the English religious

Would the English religious society have welcomed such a strong slave trade in the Chesapeake if its climate had not matched that of West Africa?

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David Marks Staff answered 4 years ago

also replied to you in another post. I think that the English religious society would have welcomed such strong slave trade in the Chesapeake region even if its climate had not matched that of West Africa.
There are two important reasons for this:
First, let us establish that there is no doubt that slavery was rampant in the Chesapeake region (Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina) between the 17th and 19th centuries.
But most importantly, the climate of the Chesapeake region does not match that of West Africa: the climate of West Africa is tropical, while that of the Chesapeake area is temperate. Although warmer than New England, the Chesapeake region is significantly cooler than West Africa. The mean annual temperatures in West Africa are above 65°F, which is much higher than the 50°F average of the Chesapeake region. Likewise, while snow is a common occurrence even in lowland area of the Chesapeake region, it is not a feature in West Africa.
It could be argued that the West African climate is closer to that of the Chesapeake region than to that of New England, but this does not mean that it is the climate. Any climate zone map will show this difference.
Therefore, one must conclude that English religious society would have welcomed such strong slave trade in the Chesapeake region even if its climate had not matched that of West Africa simply because the climate did not match and they still did so.

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