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S: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade's Effect on Africa

FC: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade's Effect on Africa | By: Ashley Shriver (AS 136086) World Cultures

1: Slavery was originally used in Africa as a form of punishment for crimes like adultery and kidnapping. Eventually traders started kidnapping children from villages, while the adults were working in the fields. The traders would gag the children and put bags over their heads. The children would then be transported to the Americas and Caribbean via ship. | The conditions on the ships were very poor. African were smashed together in very tight spaces and given barely enough food and water to survive. Many Africans did not live through the "middle passage".

2: During the Slave Trade up to 60,000 Africans were transported per year. | Slaves were treated as property. Many whites in Europe and the Americas began to think as Africans as inferior humans. Racism was used to justify the poor treatment of slaves as property.

3: Effects of the Slave Trade on Africa | The slave trade lasted about 400 years. Some parts of Africa were effected greatly by the Slave Trade while other areas of the continent had little or no effect from the Slave Trade. | Some of the negative effects of the slave trade include; wars, increased tension among neighboring people, suffering of economical life, and many communities faced disaster. | "In west Africa, for example, the rulers of the Ashanti and Dahomey attacked their neighbors to take slaves. They exchanged slaves for guns, which they used to dominate trade and build strong states." (From World Cultures A Global Mosaic, page 95, lines 26-30)

4: Although the SLave Trade had many negative effects on Africa it did help spread the African culture. The diaspora, or scattering of people, spread African musical traditions, proverbs, foods, religious beliefs, and artistic styles to other parts of the world. These things enriched the cultures of these regions.

5: Works Cited: | World Cultures A Global Mosaic Olaudah_Equiano1[1].pdf africanheritageculturecenter.org en.wikipedia.org (a picture was taken from this site, no information was) rhiz.eu sjsapush.com news.bbc.co.uk

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