Impact on Africa

Impact on Africa - Impact on Africa Tendency to stress...

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Impact on Africa Tendency to stress destruction to African societies and explain Africa’s lag in development Slave trade as morally repugnant, but does not break African initiative, resilience, or spirit- either on the continent or in the Americas But significant consequences and implication Difficulty assessing damage: partial and tentative conclusions o Trade removed millions during the most productive years of their life o Method of acquisition made advance and development difficult o Normal economic activities hard to pursue alongside slave trade o Social, economic and demographic consequences IMPORTANT: no region experienced slave trade in the same way o Impact differed in different places at different times o Some small societies completely destroyed, others minimally affected o Some societies participated greatly, others not at all Political Impact Increased warfare in some regions. Slave raids and violent acquisition of slaves led to guns for slaves cycle (Northrup)
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