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Slavery in Africa

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BC: Sources | All pictures from Google Images | Information from World Cultures Textbook | Information also from slavery worksheet

FC: African Slave Trade | by Alyssa Hernandez

1: In Africa, as most places in the world, slave trade had been around since ancient times. Many of the slaves in Africa had been captured from war. Slaves in Africa were treated very differently opposed to a slave in the US. In Africa, slaves were "servants," instead of being treated as property, like they would have been in the US.

2: Europeans basically caused a higher demand for slave trade. Slave trading reached its height by the 1700s, with around 60,000 Africans a year being held in slave ships. Eventually, Racism began towards Africans, which made slave trade even worse.

3: African rulers had Europeans who participated in slave trade relying on them to supply the Europeans with slaves. The African rulers would get paid with guns and other goods. | Being supplied with guns, African slave traders would then attack villages, taking prisoners. Many prisoners refused, some escaped. Some who did escape tried to start a rebellion.

4: Many slaves tried to jump overboard or starve themselves, to end their live of slavery. One of the main reasons for this is the conditions slaves had to live in. There would be around 300 Africans in the smallest area among a slave ship. It was so small and they were so crammed into the tiny space, they could barely move, even breathing was difficult. There was despair all around,

5: Despite how horrible the crammed space was, this was not even the main problem Around 2-3 million Africans died of disease because of the awful living conditions. The horrible smell made them all very ill. The space they stayed in was beyond unsanitary.

6: 400 years of slave trade definitely had effects on Africa, as well as other areas of the world. In some areas, slave trade disrupted entire societies. It encouraged war, increased tension and caused feuds among the people. In West Africa, Ashanti rulers and Dahomey rulers attacked their neighbors for slaves. Slaves would be traded in for guns, which would then be used to dominate trade and build strong states.

7: There were slave raiders who would attack small communities, causing economic life in Africa to suffer. These raiders took both men and women, as long as they were healthy and young. Because of this, there were little strong people to farm, causing major issues. Many small communities vanished. Slave trading sent millions of Africans oversea. This was called a diaspora, meaning a scatter of people. Much suffering was caused to the captives.

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