Race and Culture Contacts in the Modern World

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CHAPTER V
From Barter to Slavery

INTRODUCTION

In chapter II we have seen the role of barter or the exchange of goods in the symbiotic relations which developed between European and non-European peoples during the initial stage of contacts. In this chapter we shall go more deeply into the nature of barter which involved, as we shall see, not only the exchange of goods for goods but also the exchange of goods for labor. In the exchange of European goods for the labor of the natives one can see the transition from the initial stage of race and culture contacts to the second stage during which organized economic relations emerged. The transition was, in fact, the process by which the system of barter developed into a system of slavery in response to the demand for a continuous and disciplined labor force. This process in Brazil has been analyzed in a study which has provided the title of this chapter.1 However, the process has not been characteristic solely of race and culture contacts in Brazil; it may be re-

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Alexander Marchant, From Barter to Slavery ( Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1942).

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