African Diaspora Essay

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Kacie Lee 1/14/17 Tomasetti AP World P.6 ID #16 1. African Diaspora (428-430) The African Diaspora was the dispersion of Africans and their kin. The majority of African slaves went to plantations in the western hemisphere. Most of the plantations cultivated cash crops such as sugar, tobacco, coffee, and cotton. All these plantation were reliant on slaves for physical labor. Plantations in different regions tended to differ from each other. In the Caribbean and South America, slaves were often affected by diseases such as malaria and yellow fever. The slave population was also male dominant, making the rate of reproduction slower. About half of the slaves from African went to the Caribbean, a third went to Brazil, and five percent went to North…show more content…
It had a centralized rule with administrators watching over all the affairs of the region. The Kingdom of Kongo had control over what is now the Republic of the Congo and Angola. The Kongo had strong relations with the Portuguese. The Portuguese gave the rulers advisors and military to support the kingdom. King Afonso I even converted to the Roman Catholic religion. In exchange for the help provided by the Portuguese, the Portuguese wanted goods such as rare metals and slaves. The relation between Kongo and Portugal decreased, later leading to a war between both sides. The Portuguese defeated the Kongo, and withdrew from the area in search for another profitable…show more content…
Important trading cities were captured, and the Songhay Empire became very wealthy, conquering the Western African region. The Songhay Empire had a detailed government. Sunni Ali created a royal navy that kept watch over the Niger River. All the Songhay emperors were Muslim, and mosques and schools were built. Similar to the Mali Empire, the Songhay emperor used Islam as a cornerstone for interaction with others in North Africa. The Songhay Empire fell after the conquest by a Moroccan army which were armed with muskets. The collapse of the Songhay empire lead to other regional states filling in the
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