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The Impact Of The Slave Trade On Africa

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Slavery has been a part of human history since the beginning of time. It predates any known written records of Ancient civilization. The oldest civilizations know to enforce and allow slavers are, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient China, along with a few less old ones, The Roman Empire and the American Colonies to name a few.

Slavery in Africa however has existed in its earliest civilizations. More than three thousand years ago, Egyptians would raid neighboring societies and take the prisoners of war as slaves. They would then buy and sell them at many sites throughout Egypt, but mainly along the Nile River. The early Egyptians were the first to leave written records of their ...view middle of the document...

They first tried to enslave the Native Americans, but soon realized small pox would get in the way of that. They needed a reliable work force so that they wouldn’t die on them due to European disease. So the turned to the well build, immune to European disease, African Americans. They took the vast majority of the slaves from the far western half of Africa, with roughly 40% coming from western central Africa.

This Slave Trade took 11 million Africans from their homes and family’s and took them to the Americas, and it is estimated that an astounding 1.5 million died on the boat passage. Roughly 39% of the Africans who survived lived to be enslaved in the Portuguese clamed area of (South) America, which is present day Brazil. 18% went to the British Colonies, 18% went to the Spanish, 14% to the French, 6.5% to the Northern British (Canada), and 5% other.

Taking and taking without regard to your surroundings will always lead to negative effects. In this Case families were torn apart, whole generations of men was lost, leading what little economy they had in ruins.

After Britain finally realized that, and how horrible the slave trade was, they abolished it, and they tried to completely shut down all trading of humans with there (at the time) dominate Royal Navy. There Were Heavy fines on all who were caught trying to smuggle slaves. They considered it piracy punishable by death. They also set up a blockade around major areas of trade, and caught and set free over 100,000 thousand Africans. But that number is miniscule compared to the millions who suffered at the hands of slave owners.

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