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African slavery

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BC: Slavery is a terrible thing. It kills not only people but it kills civilizations. These civilizations we will never know about is a huge loss. These loss if lives is all because of pride, money, and power. So many people today are looking to get power and all these things that have no segmental value. They do this just to say look at me and its tearing people apart. Because of peoples ignorance we have lost something that could of been so special but we will never know what it was. To think that these slave traders did all this just to make a buck.

FC: African Slave trade By: Daniel Brinker Slavery is a terrible thing and i hope after you read this it might shed some more light onto it.

1: Back in the early 1400's the Europeans and Portuguese came to Africa. The Portuguese were looking for a fast sea route to get to India by going around Africa. While the Europeans where looking for trade. Each country set up trade posts to trade with the natives. Both countries profited from this and they looked for more ways to expand their trade in Africa. The Europeans also brought Christan missionaries hoping to convert the natives into Christianity. During this time the Europeans also bought a few Africans and sold them back in Europe. For the Europeans to be successful in Africa they needed a good amount of people to help build and colonize. They payed some Africans to work coal, iron, and gold mines but many died. Forcing people into slavery didn't begin until the 1500's. Slavery was common at the time but people weren't forced to do it. They chose to, either to support the family or people captured in war.

2: The time of slavery lasted from the 1500's to the 1800's. Slave traders estimate that 10 to 15 billion slaves crossed the Atlantic. That is almost 5 billion per year. These slaves started their journey in their homes. People would come and take them away from their families, homes, and friends. They would then walk to the nearest port and be shipped off to the Americas for selling.

3: After this long journey they were forced aboard ships. They then traveled for months to the Americas and other countries where they would be sold. During these trips people died many tried to escape but were shot or drowned trying to jump over board. The conditions were awful. Many died of sickness, lack of food, and dehydration. When they arrived in the Americas they were taken to trading posts where buyers inspected them and decided if they wanted to buy them. The stronger slaves were sold first and the sickly and weak ones last.

4: Africans took many roles in their new homes. They would work in the kitchen, work the land, take care of the livestock, be someones personal assistant. They could do many things. The main goal of a slave was to buy or earn their freedom back. Some slaves did this and started a life in the cities. Some others returned to Africa to their homeland but some didn't find them.

5: Back in Africa as the slaves are taken life gets very hard for the people. This is because without a man or woman around the house everything becomes twice as hard. Families struggle to survive and provide food for themselves. Allot of the civilizations die off because lack of food. They cant rebuild as fast, they cant reproduce as fast also. The loss of the civilizations is a very sad loss. We will never know what they were like or what they knew. Their knowledge could have been a very important for us to know. We wont know it because of all the civilizations that died off due to the lack of people in the colonies.

6: Resources: I got alot of my knowledge from our book. I also used Wikipedia the free encyclopedia. Thanks for reading.

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