Why were the slaves taken to the West Indies?

Negro slaves were taken to the West Indies because the original population had almost become extinct. As the Spaniards conquered each island, they rounded up its Indians and put them to wrk in mines or on plantations. Many were worked to death, some starve, others died from diseases introduced from Europe and still others were killed when they tried to rebel. In the 16th Century, the Spaniards introduced Negor slaves to replace the dwindling supply of labour. the main shipments of Negro slaves came in the 18th Century, when sugar plantations were developed by the French in Haiti and the Lesser Antilles.
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