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Reasons for development of trans-Atlantic trade.
The trans-Atlantic trade involved Europe, Africa and the Americas thus earning it the name Triangular trade. It was also called the trans-Atlantic slave trade because it involved crossing the Atlantic and the main commodity was slaves. The trade happened at a time when the Europeans were keen on expanding overseas
(15th and 16th c AD) for the following reasons;
a. They were searching for the sea route to India and Far East to get the spices
b. The Europeans wanted to acquire gold and other precious items that believed to be in existence in Africa.