Best Answer

The Spaniards were the first Europeans to use African slaves in the New World on islands such as Cuba and Hispaniola, where the native population starved themselves rather than work for the Spanish. Although the natives were used as forced labor, the spread of disease caused a shortage of labor, and so the Spanish colonists gradually became involved in the Atlantic slave trade.

User Avatar

Wiki User

10y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: Who were the first civilization to use slaves?
Write your answer...
Still have questions?
magnify glass