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A history book I'm reading says "The sale of rum had a great impact on Africa's demographics", but doesn't go into details -- so I'm curious as to what this could mean.

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    It would be useful to know which history book it was. – Steve Bird Aug 17 '16 at 20:51
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    Just a guess: Rum needs sugar, sugar production needs slaves, And the slave trade had a influence to demographics. – knut Aug 17 '16 at 20:54
  • @SteveBird Barron's AP World – K_7 Aug 18 '16 at 1:25
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Possible answer,

The so-called “Triangle Trade” (Carribbean molasses to New England, New England rum made from the molasses to Africa, and slaves from Africa to the Carribbean) was actually more complicated, but it illustrates how new trade networks emerged in the trans-Atlantic World. ahistory.com

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    The problem with this logic is that the Trianglular Trade actually had nearly no impact on the demographics of Africa. They weren't removing that many people. However it did have a huge impact in the Americas. That's probably a criticism of the book though, not of this answer. – T.E.D. Aug 18 '16 at 23:13
  • AFAICT, this is a secondary school history text; which in the US does not correlate to academic merit. I wonder if the textbook assumes that the secondary economic effects of the slave trade affected African demographics. – Mark C. Wallace Aug 18 '16 at 23:16

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