How did geographical factors, technological innovations, individual investors, and entrepreneurialism contribute to the expansion of slavery?
Geographical factors, technological innovations, individual inventors, and entrepreneurialism contributed to the expansion of slavery by making colonists/citizens need more workers to get work done. Colonists/citizens probably didn't want to pay for workers, but instead wanted to force people to work for free. That way, they wouldn't lose any money and would gain more money. Most colonists wanted to be rich and successful. To be those things, they had to save any amount of money they could. Slaves had to help build buildings or structures depending on the geographical factors. Colonists would need to pay more money for workers if they chose to build a structure on a difficult place to build one. Technological innovations made people need slaves to help them work on new projects or inventions. With the help of slaves, advances in technology were made more quickly. To use inventions for field work, people often bought slaves to operate the machines. Individual investors used slavery as a way to gain money quickly. They made large amounts of money off of slavery. They made money off of slavery by buying small shares of many ships. Entrepreneurialism contributed to the expansion of slavery by making people want to become rich off of selling/using slaves. As you can see, many things contributed to the expansion of slavery.