Essay heading: 18th Century Commerce in the Western Hemishpere

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Besides just being in slavery, slaves were subject to sexual, physical and mental abuse. In the South Carolina Gazette and Virginia Gazette descriptions of run away slaves were posted in hope that they may be returned (5-4). Slaves were often branded with their owners initials and beaten badly for running away as it says in the account of Rebeccah Massey saying, "? Whoever takes her up, gives her 50 good Lashes? (5-4)" Africans weren't the only ones who felt the grunt of increased commerce...
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Some colonist spent foolishly which led to their debt while still having to pay taxes. At an auction many people were posed with the question of what to do about taxes and asked for the advice of a wise man (5-2). A man by the name Abraham persuasively spoke quoting Poor Richard's Almanac, "? Beware of little Expences; a small Leak will sink a great Ship? (5-2)" After getting the attention of the people and explaining his point with many sayings from Poor Richard's Almanac, the auction opened and the people there after began spending extravagantly (5-2)...
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