Essay On Transatlantic Slave Trade

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Between the 1500s and the 1900s, Europeans forcibly uprooted millions of people from throughout West Africa and West Central Africa and shipped them across the Atlantic in conditions of great cruelty. The transatlantic slave trade was responsible for the forced migration of between 12-15 million people. European slavers dispersed them across the Americas to lead lives of degradation and brutality. As a result, people of African descent are spread throughout the Americas and Western Europe. This is called the African Diaspora. The transatlantic slave trade generally followed a triangle route, where traders set out from European ports towards Africa’s west coast. There they bought people in exchange for goods and loaded them into ships. The voyage…show more content…
However, the well-documented resistance in Africa was off the African coast on the slaving ships. There were over 500 documented rebellions on slave ships as well as numerous smaller acts of resistance during the transatlantic slave trade period. One, in particular, was led by a member of the Asante, Essjerrie Ettin. He led a revolt of 358 enslaved Africans aboard the Dutch Ship Guinness Vriendschap in 1769 which nearly succeeded. One of the earliest documented is the correspondence of the Kongo ruler Nzinga Mbembe, who wrote to the king of Portugal, João III, in 1526 to demand an end to the illegal depopulation of his kingdom. Other African rulers also took a stand. For instance, in the early 17th century Nzinga Mbandi, queen of Ndongo (modern day Angola), fought against the Portuguese, which was part of a century-long campaign of resistance by the kingdom against the slave trade. I don’t condone slavery, which is why I believe that rebellion against the slave trade was necessary for the sake of maintaining the African population, and to avoid the exploitation of the African

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