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Without regular slaves coming from Africa the population in South America would have decreased very quickly. Slave trade was essential in the imperialist time for the economy and impacted the social structure. Of all transatlantic slave trade 60% went to America. Slaves lived on small farms or at mills in the north of America. The south of America had more slaves than the north. The slaves lived on large plantations, mostly cotton, sugar, tobacco, and indigo. The slave trade between America and Africa lasted only about 170 years to a great extent. Slave trade lasted longer than only 170 years but to a much smaller measure. South America had over 100 slaves per plantation. The US mostly had less than 100 per plantation. The masters of slaves made them completely dependant on them. They did not have much freedom, they were not allowed to read or write. If they rebelled they would be punished brutally. Slaves married and had large families. The masters would sell the children at a young age or make them work on his field. Slaves were disrespected because of their skin color. Indentured servants had to be paid more making slaves a more plenteous source of labour and cheaper.Slave labor played a crucial role in the economy of America. Slaves in North America “worked mainly on the tobacco, rice and indigo plantations of the southern coast” ( History.com Staff). Through slave labor, people native to America did not have to do the work. Work started before daybreak and lasted till much after sundown. Slaves did not cost too much which allowed the owners of plantations to expand their plantations. Slaves did not get paid very much or they only were provided with food and a place to sleep. This made life easier for the owners of the land.Hard work and the lack of food caused many diseases to break out and impact Amerika unfavorably. South America had more slaves per plantation, mostly over one hundred while the US had a maximum of 100 slaves per plantation. Combining hard work “and inferior diet, scanty clothing and unsanity housing led . . . to health problems” ( Goodman 31). The more slaves there were, the less cleaner it was. Healthy slaves in the US had a 80% higher birth rate than South America not having the need to import slaves all the time while South America needed a constant import of slaves, without which they would have not had enough workers. Slaves getting sick meant that the owner had less workers. The dirty circumstances allowed a disease to spread fairly quickly. The more slaves were sick, the less work could be done. Work that had to be done could not be done and the sugar or rice plants would die in the hot sun without water.Slavery impacted the social structure of America differently among various age groups. Actions between master and slave were done with passion degrading the slave “children see this, and learn to imitate it, and daily exercise in tyranny, can not but be stamped by it with odious peculiarities” ( Macht and Hull 76). Slaves did not have any right and were the property of the master. They were made completely dependant on the master and if they would rebel against their master they would be punished. People thought that because of the skin color of the slave they were meant to be treated differently. Masters also kept a hierarchy among the slaves to make it less likely for them to rebel. White children would often not follow the way of their parents thinking it was wrong to treat the slaves this way. Slave children and white children would play together and help each other get out of trouble. White children helped slave children not to get punished by taking the fault. They new they would be punished less than the slaves who would be whipped and brutally hurt in other ways.The economy and the social structure of America were impacted to a high degree by slaves making them a fundamental part, especially for the economy. Through slaves Americans did not have to do the labour and had a better life. Slaves were much cheaper than other workforces and would do more work. Unsanitary living circumstances caused a lot of diseases not helping the economy. Masters made slaves dependant on them and punished them harshly wanting their children to do the same. Children helped each other not thinking that it was right to be mean to the slaves. Why would different ages create different perspectives of how to think about slaves.