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 transactions which leads many scholars to believe that this had been going on even earlier than the Ancient Egyptians. So why did people go to the slavery of humans? Besides shier laziness, it was one of the few ways a common person could become somewhat wealthy, and like in many other civilizations, wealth equals status. Slavery in Africa started as many other examples of slavery started. You have two tribes at war with each other, one wins and takes the others captive and force them to do your laborious work. These slaves had different tasks. The women would often do chores around the home or plantation, such as prepare food, wash clothes, and clean. They would also work on the agricultural crop the owner would be growing. The majority of men would typically worked in the plantations crop fields and herd animals. When the European empires started exploring, they discovered the New World, or North, Central, and South America. They settled colonies and started planting crops like tobacco and cotton. As demand quickly grew in Europe for these pr... ... middle of paper ... ...o parallel in any part of human history. And in order to truly understand how this effects Africa and its many lost generations, one must know the past, and how it came to be so one can truly know how it affects the present, and how to prevent future monstrosities like this. Throughout our history we are marked with atrocious crimes, but none worse than the horrendous act of slavery of other humans. So how was this possible? How could it have gone on for so long, and on such a scale? How did it affect the families of the time, economy and natural resources of the time? And how does it still effect the many nations today? A crime like this has no parallel in any part of human history. And in order to truly understand how this effects Africa and its many lost generations, one must know the past, and how it came to be so one can truly know how it affects the present.
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