Bentley26-7Johnson2 - Reading Summary 4-Bentley 26-27,...

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Reading Summary 4-Bentley 26-27, Johnson 2 Bentley 26 In the 15 th century, Europeans became more active with Africa. The Songhay Empire was over, pushing African city-states into hard times. Africa emerged into the trade industry by trading gold and slaves for European goods. Slaves were considered private property and a measurement of wealth. Since there was such a demand for slaves, neighboring societies raided one another’s villages to capture more people for the Atlantic Slave Trade. Those that went through the slave trade were then shipped overseas and used on plantations for cash crops like cotton and sugar. Slave trade caused Africa to lose 16 million people and gave the continent an unequal sex ratio (the most desired slaves were men), but the overall population of Africa still increased with the new crops in their diet from trade. Bentley 27 With the Ming Dynasty came the return of native rule, the Great Wall, and Confucianism (which played an important role in Chinese society). The government
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