From Africa to the Ocean Sea: Atlantic slavery in the origins of the Spanish Empire

  title={From Africa to the Ocean Sea: Atlantic slavery in the origins of the Spanish Empire},
  author={Emily Berquist Soule},
  journal={Atlantic Studies},
  pages={16 - 39}
ABSTRACT Through examining the complex relationship of conquest, Catholicism, and enslavement that defined Iberian expansion into the Atlantic world, this article shows how slavery and the slave trade stood at the center of the foundation of the Spanish Empire. It traces Spanish conquest, settlement, and trade in the Canary Islands, Africa, and the Caribbean in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. It demonstrates how even though by the mid-sixteenth century the Spanish and Portuguese would… 
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