How were the slaves in the American Colonial Period paid for?

Slave traders paid for the Africans with either currency or products from Europe.

In North and South America, they sold slaves for currency or commodities, such as tobacco, rice, sugar, and cotton, which were sold in Europe at a high profit.

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