FC: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Project For World Cultures.
1: In the 15th century, Africa and Europe had a special relationship that caused Africa to loose most of its population. At first, the distribution of slaves only existed in Europe, where they enslaved each other. Then, some enslaved Africans made their way to Europe or East Asia. | The Trans-Atlantic slave trade started in the 15th century when Portugal and other European places were able to grow overseas and reach Africa. The Portuguese started to kidnap people off the west coast of Africa and took them to Europe to be enslaved. | When Europe discovered America, the demand for African labor grew, as did other kinds of labor, both American and European were found insufficient.
2: Africa was the only continent that was treated this way. Africans could've become slaves as punishment for a crime, family debt, or being captured as prisoners of war. | When American or European ships arrived offering goods for people, Africans had an incentive to enslave each other, usually by kidnapping. | The demand for captives for the sugar plantations in America became so great, the Europeans decided to take the people through raiding and warfare.
3: Some African rulers did try to rebel against the Europeans demand for people. In 1526, King Afonso of Kongo, who had a nice relationship with the king of Portugal, complained that the Portuguese slave traders were taking his people and shrinking his population. | In 1630, Queen Njingha Mbandi of Ndongo(Angola), tried to drive the slave traders away from her realm, but was later impelled to come to terms with them. In 1720, King Agaja Trudo of Dahomey not only disagreed with the trade, but he even attacked the European forts along the coast. But his desire for guns made him stand down and agree with the terms of the European slave traders.
4: Sources: BBC America http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/abolition/africa_article_01.shtml | Picture 1: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/37/Kongo_audience.jpg/350px-Kongo_audience.jpg | Picture 2: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/hist/abolition/images/content/tri_trade/mean-for-britain.jpg | Picture 3: http://library.thinkquest.org/06aug/01071/images/SLAVE%20PIXX/iconofslavery.jpg | Picture 4: http://www.recoveredhistories.org/images/passage-02.jpg | Picture 5: http://histclo.com/imagef/date/2007/04/slave-ship01s.jpg