So, ownership is derived from the Bible and posits that what the Lord created, He owns. How that translates into people being owned is not clear. Perhaps the acquisition by theft was just legalized. The Dutch, who had declared slavery illegal were able to declare an exception from the acquisition of freedom if individual slaves tarried much longer than a set period of time.

The Dutch also recognized people as property. Was that related to the act of creation and did it evolve to justify the status as heritable?

I was surprised to learn that the Dutch recruited slaves from India, Indonesia and Madagascar as labor to manage the territories they conquered.

To what extent were traders simply motivated by the impulse to steal and get rid of the surplus in trade?