The History of the Slave Trade

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Africa was once a land of technology and prosperity. Central Africa was a land of well organized cities and states. Languages flourished in the society as each family member had their own role in contributing to the clan. Family life was as important as finding food to survive. All of this changed however when the government turned on its own people. The Atlantic Slave Trade led to the demise of Africa even to this day.

The Atlantic Slave Trade diminished the African Society. Before the European's came into Africa in hopes of spreading Christianity the African population was at an all time high. "West Africa had been, in economic terms, nearly as prosperous as those [societies] in most of Europe" (Upshur). This was a land that focused on family and was close nit within tribes, a land that was soon torn apart by raids and revolts. Millions of Africans were taken captive to be traded as slaves.

World History states that "between 10 and 15 million Africans were forcibly removed from their homelands to become slaves in the Americas; in addition, possibly several million more were killed or died during armed raids to secure the slaves." This is where African culture began to diminish. Once families and villages had been broken apart and lives destroyed, this society no longer had a reason to continue to prosper. They stopped caring about the land and about whether they lived or died. This was the beginning of Africa as it is known today. This once great nation is now classified as a third world nation. Starvation and disease flourish, when once technology and great wealth flourished. The slave trade also negatively impacted the worth of human life.

The psychological impact on the African race is one of the most important issues involving the...