This weeks’ chapter 5 focuses on the growth of the colonial population. During the 1600’s, the primary immigrant group came from England. However, by the 1700’s, a diverse group of immigrants from Western Europe, and forced immigrant slaves from Africa contributed to the population growth. This expansion led to the development of a global economy, which relied heavily on the resources of the New World, and the exploitation of human beings from Africa.
Do you think the need for luxury goods has changed since the 18th century? Does our desires for luxuries persuade us to ignore the exploitation of others?