In the early 19th century, the British East India Company established more trade warehouses and thoroughfares in the Indian subcontinent. This occupation of Indian lands that was welcomed by some groups and fiercely opposed by others. While met by more opposition, the British Empire expanded into the other Indian Ocean territories up to the end of the century. Because the trans-Atlantic slave trade was profitable for African elites and brought western many valuable goods to West Africa, when it was effectively shut down after 1808 by British patrols, people along this coast were eager to keep the European trade lines alive. The imposition of this “legitimate trade” (any non-slave trade) saw a huge rise of African export of gold and palm oil.
As a result, Africa was desperate to be relevant again, their economy depended on it. Because of the ban on the slave trade, there was a sudden demographic collapse of middle aged persons, which was also counterproductive to the growth of the continent. Before the scramble, Africa was naturally
One of the negative impacts could possibly be the encouragement to wage more wars and conduct more raids against neighbors through the implications by European civilizations when demanding more slaves. Theoretically supported by the items of exchange, where kingdoms are provided with guns in exchange for slaves may prove this idea to not be totally sparked by insanity. Also, amongst the entire Atlantic slave trade Africa was the only continent to be affected by the loss of their population. There were not enough births in Africa to offset the number of people that would be shipped overseas. Leading to the disruption of the African nation 's cultures and economies impacting the development of African history.
This slave trade resulted in the depopulation of the most productive and powerful Africans, who could have helped in developing Africa. Later on Christianity came and that was a good initiative. But the Europeans actions were contrary to their Christian values. Also the Africa traditional and spiritual beliefs vanished as many of the Africans converted to Christianity. Apart from that, Africa was conquered and colonized.
To truly consider if colonization helped develop or destroy African nations, one must consider if the effects of colonization was truly worth it and if the results of it justify the means. Did Africa’s economic state become better or worse after colonialism? The after effects of colonization left African states in poverty for many years afterward. The African economy that had been largely dependent on trade with the Europeans had suddenly lost its crutch, they had been largely focused on their agricultural sectors and use of natural resources but had not been developed in others. The African economic development that should have taken centuries was sped up, they no longer had the chance to develop naturally and were forced to try to compensate in the other areas they lacked in development such as technology and manufacturing.
European imperialism impacted early nineteenth century Western Africa both economically and politically because of the introduction of Western ideas and new trading partners; however, despite the efforts of Christian missionaries, the religion of the region, Islam, continued to grow and evade any major impacts on the part of imperialism. Imperial occupation of one country by another inherently causes a tidal wave of changes. Europe’s imperialistic ambitions reshaped the economies of Western Africa due to the installation of western economic policies, ideologies, and trading partners. Western Africa gained many European commercial ties, but one of the biggest changes stemmed from Great Britain's abolition of slavery in 1833. Africa was the epicenter of slave trade, and the Gold Coast of Western Africa monopolized the slave trade from the mid-18th century until its abolition.
In Africa slavery was part of everyday life, slave trade brought a lot of economic fortune that would eventually led to an economic decline. With Europe being the forerunners of the New World they played a major role in international trading. What brought Europeans to the New World was the need for a quicker route to Asia. Europeans sought out many items that they wished to obtain from the Asian countries such as spices so Europeans set off around the world to participate in the International trading. Countries in Asia were the most sought out countries for trade not only to trade goods but also for Christians to spread their faith but trade would soon be cut off from certain countries due this very reason.
Likely neither extreme is correct, with the truth lying somewhere in the middle. While some degree of choice may have existed at the very onset of the Slave Trade, it soon faded as a result of growing competition with neighboring states for military, economic and political advantages. However, ultimately it was the African leaders’ perception of their own powerlessness against the Europeans that resulted in their compliance. Once the first African leader agreed to exchange slaves for wealth and goods, the control other leaders had over their participation in the Slave Trade dwindled quickly. On the West Coast conflict between neighboring states was common, therefore European guns were a valuable commodity.
But when the “tyrannical'; King George jumped in demanding control of the colonies, they were angered and looked for a way to keep their liberties. Second, America was taxed by the British government to decrease its national debt. Due to their differences in economic base, Britain was self-sufficient in manufacturing goods and the colonies in agriculture. They both needed each other to survive initially. Later, however, America grew more self-sufficient and was able to survive without Britain’s helping hand.
The first African Americans came over as indentured servants. White colonist ... ... middle of paper ... ...put extra effort into making slaves submissive, and new law such as the fugitives lave act of 1850 and the Kansas-Nebraska compromise played a major role in restricting slave rebellion. However, as time passed industrialization started influencing the non-agricultural regions of Americas. Hence, two distinct types of economies emerged as well as the consequent friction between the two. Those who remained dependent on agriculture needed slavery as an economic factor; but those who were industrialized did not, thus they had no reason not to oppose slavery as a moral issue.