Monday, June 06, 2011

Your Historical Increase In GDP Was My Slavery

One man's plot line of the "increase in global GDP" is another man's observation that the inflection point is closely mapped to the slave trade and global pilfering by the European.

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I don't hold out hope that many other people caught the slight of hand that was containing in Stephen Johnson's graph of "Global Aggregate GDP" which some how started rising in the 1500's and then took off in the 1700's.

The Stephen Johnson focused on the advanced sailing ships that were created by the Dutch but did not detail what was carried within their hulls.

It Must Be Just A Coincidence With The Dates

"The Trading Capitals Of Europe Begin To LIGHT UP"

I hope they don't start "innovating" in the future like they did during the 1500's.

In The 1700's Holland Was Rich But Also Was Massively Involved In The "Slave Trade"

The slave trade was abolished by Britain in 1812, and subsequently by all other European countries. Portugal and France, though, continued to import slaves, although as contract labourers, which they called respectively "libertos" or "engages a` temps". Portugal had a virtual monopoly on the African slave trade to the Americas until the mid 1650s, when Holland became a major competitor. In the period 1700-1800 Britain became the leading "importer".

 Wikipedia Entry On "Netherlands"

During its colonial period the Netherlands was heavily involved in the slave trade. The Dutch planters relied heavily on African slaves to cultivate the coffee, cocoa, sugar cane and cotton plantations along the rivers. Treatment of the slaves by their owners was notoriously bad, and many slaves escaped the plantations. Slavery was abolished by the Netherlands in Dutch Guiana in 1863, but the slaves were not fully released until 1873, after a mandatory 10 year transition period during which time they were required to work on the plantations for minimal pay and without state sanctioned torture. As soon as they became truly free, the slaves largely abandoned the plantations where they had suffered for several generations in favor of the city Paramaribo. Every year this is remembered during Keti Koti, 1 July, Emancipation Day (end of slavery).
During the 19th century, the Netherlands was slow to industrialize compared to neighbouring countries, mainly because of the great complexity involved in modernizing the infrastructure, consisting largely of waterways, and the great reliance its industry had on windpower.

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