christianize Pagans, was, as it still is to any very material, extent, an untried experiment.
The opinion then obtained, and to this hour it is not wholly invalidated, that to reduce Pagans to a state of labor was, among other agencies, a necessary condition of their civilization.
What then could Christians do in that age for African
They could not introduce them as laborers in England
, or on the continent of Europe
Such a step would have denied bread to the multitudes who already filled the menial offices of society.
It was impracticable to do this, and inhuman to attempt it. Thus for long ages had degraded and enslaved Africa
“stretched forth” her imploring hands, appealing to the benevolence of the world for relief.
But the wisest and best men of the times saw no means of relief, and attempted none.
In this state of African
history, colonial settlements were ultimately effected on the coast of North America
At an early period an experiment was made by a Dutch Manhattan, to introduce African
labor into the colonies.
Here a wide field was open for their labor.
It was greatly demanded.
To labor here denied bread to no other laboring poor, as would have been the case in England
The idea was caught at in both hemispheres, as a “God-send
” for the African — for the colonies, and a common civilization.