Trade in the eighteenth century between North American colonies and the West Indies and Britain, Continental Europe, and Africa. The Atlantic Commerce was dominated by merchants and benefited the entire New England economy, providing jobs for laborers as well as for ship captains, and sailors. Europe got items such as fish, fur, tobacco, rice, lumber, rum and indigo from the colonies, sugar and molasses from the West Indies, in exchange for manufactured goods from Europe. Manufactured goods from Europe and rum from the colonies also went to Africa, where they were exchange for slaves who then were sent to the West Indies and North America colonies to cultivate crops and grow livestock to then send to Europe. Atlantic commerce represents a growing global economic exchange that would help shape the relationship between colonists and Britain. The prosperity that Atlantic commerce produced in the colonies would further help define a distinct and unifying North American identity.