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The Slave Trade (by Joy B)

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S: Slavery and it's Trade

FC: The Effects of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

2: People today claim to know about slavery, but they often mistake fiction for facts, and have a narrow-minded approach about slavery. To them, slavery is when an American had a African person wash their dishes and plant their crops. Many people see slavery as something that happened so long ago, in the 1500s, when people were transported to the Americas for work.

3: Not many people know that slavery existed way before the Europeans came. Slavery was a custom and traditionally used as a type of punishment for crimes. Even though it was a form of punishment, when they were given to other families in Africa, they were treated quite well. Unfortunately, this all changed when the Europeans decided to travel to Africa for slaves.

4: The Europeans wanted to capture slaves and bring them into the Americas, so they could work for them and make them rich. The people of Africa changed as their world crashed around them. The Europeans spared no one and took healthy children, women, and men by force, using their weapons. The African nations were powerless to stop them, and had to just watch as their loved ones disappeared, never to be seen again. Yes, they had slavery in their own tribes...but it was not as brutal and harsh. When the Europeans came into the African's lives, they changed the peaceful villages into a living nightmare.

5: Some of the chiefs of tribes traded their people for guns and ammunitions so they could take over their neighboring tribes. Some chiefs even went as far as inventing new crimes for which the punishment was slavery. Slavery had made them into bloodthirsty cannibals, who wanted to become the top king and would do anything-even sell other human beings, in order to destroy.

6: Another effect of slavery in Africa was the decrease in the sowing and harvesting of crops. All of the healthy men, women, and children were being taken by the Europeans. The few left were given by the chiefs of the villages and tribes who wanted more power. So who was there to plant and sow seeds? The older generations could definitely not do as much as the younger, stronger generations. Even though there weren't as many people to provide for, there really wasn't anyone to do the providing!

7: The huge loss of population suppressed economic, social, and political advancement. Since slavers preferred young adult men and women, the technological breakthroughs and societal enrichment they could have produced were non-existent. The breakdown of the traditional social systems weakened the society. Many traditions were forgotten in favor of having someone to do the Europeans work for them.

8: With the traditions gone, the way to provide food gone, and their loved ones gone, one of the biggest yet simple problems were probably heartbreak! Many mothers had their children and husbands taken, and many grandparents had their grandchildren and children taken. Fathers had their families taken, and children had their parents taken away. Families were split without any warning, never to see each other again.

9: The emotional scar that slavery created will probably never fully disappear, even if it happened many years ago. Stories of horror, heartbreak, and unhappy stories can be told over and over without realizing the real level of pain. Slavery was a big mistake, and it won't be forgotten.

10: The effects slavery had on Africa included the start of violence, pain, hardship, a decrease in food production and customs, forgotten traditions, and broken hearts that come from being separated from loved ones for life. Slavery was never a good thing; no matter how it started, it just brought destruction at the end. I hope that no matter what happens 20, 50, or even 100 years from now, I pray slavery will never be forgotten. If it isn't, it will only serve to show us what slavery has done. May God continue to bless the world, and may slavery never show its face again.

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