What were the impacts of the slave trades on Africa? Explore political, social, and economic dimensions. Did you agree with Walter Rodney et al that impact was significant caused stagnation and underdevelopment or Joseph Miller that it was not devastating?
Slavery and the slave trade are ancient practices that can be traced back more than two
millennia in Africa. During the 19
century, the transAtlantic slave trade radically impaired
Africa’s potential to develop economically and maintain its social and political stability. Millions of Africans were forcefully sold and transported to Europe and the America’s as slaves. According to lectures in class by Professor Lumumba, by my understanding, the primary goal of relocating Africans into Europe and the America’s was part of a global economic enterprise. This commerce spread from the Western coast of Africa to the rest of the continent; from the islands of Goreé and SaintLouis, in current Senegal to Quelimane in present Mozambique. The trade affected lives of millions of diverse Africans coming from regions such as Senegamba, Sierra Leone, WestCentral Africa, SouthEast Africa, the Bight of Benin, the Gold Coast, and the Bight of Biafra. Moreover, it started the systemic and continuous process of economic exploitation and social and political fragmentation that Europeans later institutionalized through colonization. Politically, the Atlantic trade led to the formation of semi feudal classes in Africa. To know that there were Africans who associated themselves with Europeans to sanction the oppression of their own people raised a question. Was it a strategic way of profiting from trade? The fragmented political structure was related to a general state of insecurity that facilitated enslavement. These men usually would make substantial gains from the trade. Despite that Europeans were the ones who benefited from the trade the most. Economically, the Atlantic ...
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