CAUSES: The triangular trade route was a means of transportation of goods between three countriese. The causes for this route was that large amounts of goods needed to be shipped, these products needed to be shipped efficiently, and each country was looking to make the maximum amount of profit possible. First of all, each country had a different supply and demand that only its competitors could supply. For this reason, each country was shipping its supplies out in bulk while retrieving other products to bring back to the mother country. These items could include crops, metals, sugar, and even slaves. Since the cargo on these ships was so valuable, there needed to be a way to get to the trading countries directly; this led to the development of the triangular trade. Finally, the triangular trade was so successful because no boat ever sailed empty. This is due to how the goods were exchanged between coming and going from each shore.
EFFECTS: In order to meet all of the needs of each country, a route was established between Africa, Europe, and the Americas. After this route was created, three main effects occurred: the "Middle Passage", wealth was gained, and the prices of goods were changed. First, a new route developed called the "Middle Passage." The Middle Passage was a route from Africa to the Americas that was used only for the transportation of slaves. This easy access to slaves created a huge rise in human trafficking people into the Americas like cattle. Finally, since the trade route was so efficient, the three countries began to gain quite a bit of wealth and they soon began to change the price of their goods to make even more profits. Since the demand was so high for the imported goods, each country had the ability to choose to sell their products for whatever amount they wanted without suffering inflation.
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