FC: The African Slave Trade
1: The word "Africa" brings many things to mind; jungles, savannas, desert, rain forests, and a variety of wild animals are some of things I think of. However, probably the single most well known aspect of Africa comes from one word: slavery. The slave trade in Africa shaped the continent like nothing else had or has since. People were separated from their families and their homeland, and were forced to work under harsh conditions with little to no comforts. The African natives were treated like animals, used only as domesticated beasts. These barbarian acts of cruelty will forever stain Africa's history, and will remain there as a deep scar that will not heal.
2: The slave trade in Africa was part of a three part voyage made by traders. Ships would sail from Europe to Africa, and once there would enslave as many natives as they could. They would then ship these natives across the Atlantic to the Americas, where they traded them for gold and spices. They then returned to Europe with the fruits of their labors. All in all, a profitable business venture. For everyone except the African people that is.
3: The conditions that the slaves had to endure on their trip across the Atlantic were appalling. Over half of all the captured Africans died on this voyage. They were treated poorly by their captors, and were forced to live in tightly packed storage areas without proper waste management facilities. Sickness and disease spread like wildfire, and starvation and dehydration worsened the conditions. In the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, he states that during his voyage all he wanted to do was die. This shows how drastic the slaves' situation was.
4: All in all, slavery is a horrible blot on the history of the world. For humans to enslave other humans is an atrocity beyond comprehension. Yet the African nation managed to overcome this obstacle. The native people adapted to their new lives, and soon became part of the new culture they'd been forced into. Slavery is evil, and shouldn't have been allowed to happen. Yet it is also a stepping stone for the growth of a continent, of a people. It was a curse, yet it brought a people closer together.
5: Works Cited 1. World Cultures Textbook 2. Olaudah Equiano Autobiography 3. Bing Images 4. Slavery Worksheet