While many people think and talk about the positive impacts of Atlantic Slave trade on countries other than African countries, we should think of impacts that Atlantic Slave trade brought to people in African countries, too. The impact of the Atlantic Slave trade was greatest in Africa among three main continents that intervened in the trade, because Africa was severely harmed socially, economically and politically, rather than benefited from it. Millions of African people were sold as slaves to overseas and died during its harsh labor or while shipped. The Slave trade violated human rights of Africans. Among African regions, the effect was the greatest in West Africa since it supplied large numbers of captives to the New World. Selling millions
In the excerpt provided from Anne Slavtralantic’s book, her claims about the Atlantic Slave Trade are almost entirely false. Her statements in regards to the Europeans being the sole initiator of slavery, that the African societies that the Europeans encountered were primitive, and that the Africans resisted the relationships, are entirely false.
Settled Borders in Europe
By 1817, the borders of the European nation were settled. There was no way any European nation could expand territory in its own continent without declaring war. Africa was virtually untouched by colonization and provided an opportunity to expand territory and therefore increase power and prestige without going to war.
The Atlantic Slave Trade that for three centuries caused pain and desolation to the African American people who traveled to the Americas against their own will. Were brought to a land where they would be seen, as slaves. The Atlantic Slave Trade origins and growth were a main part in the building of chattel slavery that was beginning in the United States. Due to Chattel slavery, the American ideologies of white domination and economy were shaped to be one of discrimination and injustice. Ignoring this the Europeans saw this as an expansion of power and meeting the needs of workforce demanded.
A Eurocentric understanding of the early modern era would the Islamic world. While, the role of the Europeans on a global scale was that the Europeans were becoming involved in world affairs. The Europeans also became involved in the oceanic journeys of European explorers and the European conquest and colonial settlement of the Americas. The Europeans also became involved in the global silver trade.
On the fourth day of International week, Dr. Jay Coughtry delivered a lecture termed, “Reflections on the Atlantic Slave Trade”. Dr. Coughtry emphasized on how the Atlantic slave trade started, who controlled it at different times, and how it made European nations wealthy. For example, he states that the Atlantic Slave Trade was a byproduct of Western Europe’s search for the West Indies. In addition, the Dutch made the first universally accepted currency from the gold found in the mines of the west coast of Africa. He also highlighted how Portugal continued to import slaves to Brazil illegally. Coughtry’s lecture demonstrated how the slave trade affected economies on a global
In the final analysis, we can observe that the African slave trade was influenced negatively by the absence of humanitarian concerns because of the need for cheap labor, the interest in gaining profit, and assertion of European dominance. Had the slave trade never been used, we might not have had any racial discrimination among Africans and
Slavery has plagued Africa and its people for a few thousand years. Slavery or involuntary human servitude was practiced across Africa and much of the world from ancient times to the modern era. Slavery mainly took place within the country but later turned into a huge trading export. This paper focuses on the history of slavery in the west (Americas) and the effects on Africa, its people and the idea of race.
The seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries saw the emergence and eventual abolishment of one of the most detrimental enterprises in African history, the slave trade. The trans-Atlantic slave trade, born out of an inevitable economic push, radically changed society in African communities, particularly those of West Africa. The effects of the slave trade influenced nearly every aspect of life in Africa from the daily habits of people to the entire commercial and political system of the region. Simply put, the trans-Atlantic slave trade impacted African peoples socially, economically, and politically.
This class was filled with riveting topics that all had positive and negative impacts on Africa. As in most of the world, slavery, or involuntary human servitude, was practiced across Africa from prehistoric times to the modern era (Wright, 2000). The transatlantic slave trade was beneficial for the Elite Africans that sold the slaves to the Western Europeans because their economy predominantly depended on it. However, this trade left a mark on Africans that no one will ever be able to erase. For many Africans, just remembering that their ancestors were once slaves to another human, is something humiliating and shameful.