They were not thought of as human beings, but as property. The impact of the Atlantic slave trade on Africa was immense and long lasting. It is estimated that more than 10 million Africans were ripped from their land and sold as property. With this came a staggering decrease in population, forcing the economy to worsen.
Although both Llama and Interesting Narrative are two different documents they both have a lot of elements in common. Europeans used both Llama and slavery to get what they wanted to optimize their lifestyles. America was huge land that had nothing before trade. To make America a better place to live, Europeans started to make profit out of farming and increasing population by slavery. To increase the population to work for free, million of Africans were brought to the America to work under horrible conditions.
During these revolutions, slavery was becoming outdated. Many countries saw the richest and most profitable regions in the world doing away with slavery. Places like the New England Colonies were thriving without it. The new free market economies of the time did not need slavery to succeed. As a result there was a global movement towards the abolition of slavery.
Great Britain and South Saharan Africa imports and exports document E shows that the African colony wasn 't the best with money instead they would trade which is the main reason the Europeans took over. Imports from Africa were less while exports rose high. Great Britain made up to three million British pounds in 1854 and twenty-one in 1900 from import and export. African slaves were additionally being used to work British owned plantations in the colonies. Over all trading was a link to natural resources.
During the 19th century, European nations were beginning the industrial revolution. There became a need for scarce resources and money throughout the region to support growth. In 1854, Great Britain imported approximately 4 million British pounds of goods from South Saharan Africa, while exporting less than that. This was an economic trade deficit for Great Britain they had to fix. By colonizing Africa, Great Britain could spread its influence and artificially create demand for their exports.
Imperialism in Africa was caused by three important driving factors, greed, pride and sloth. The European colonies wanted money, and power, and they would do anything to gain it. What was so important that Europeans needed to take over Africa? Imperialism in Africa was a greedy, pride-led and technology induced time for European colonies who wanted everything to themselves. Pride was one of the leading factors of Imperialism in Africa; Europeans wanted to express their power by taking over different African colonies.
Why Was There So Much Imperialism Going On European’s taking control over Africa in a new way, called imperialism! Africa definitely changed from the European imperialism but it also benefited from it. Of course not in a fantastic way most of the time. The driving force behind European imperialism in Africa was a serious matter back in the 19th century that changed it for the better, even if it did cause a lot of controversy.
In this state, I was constantly grieving ... and wishing for death rather than anything else" (525). Equiano explains the horrible living and working conditions that the slaves have to go through every day of their lives. The slaves were considered to be the outsiders of society from the superior and dominate race, also known as, the white man. Equiano then goes on to say that “It is not enough that we are torn from our country and friends, to toil for your luxury and lust of gain? Must every tender feeling be
But in other view which is supportive to abolish the Black Slavery think, even though it will bring benefit to those nations, but when think of the Black people, it is really hard to face the situation that they met and suffering. According to the words said by the Jean-Jacques Rousseau “ I have seen those vast unfortunate lands that seem only destined to be inhabited by slaves. I have averted my eyes from that sordid sight….seeing on fourth of my fellow humans changed into beasts for the service of others, I have grieved to be a human. ”(D2) You should think that there were many people just like him even worse.
In conclusion, the Congo was an Empire of ivory, built on exploitation. They utilized get rich quick schemes and their actions against black natives was absolutely senile. In comparison to the Americas, they used forced labor, came to colonize for new opportunities, and had various successful slave revolts. I thought this source was very important to read because it taught me various things previous history classes would have never. Mostly because only the winners write the
Slaves had to work long hours on almost empty stomachs. After working they had to return to a small hut shared by multiple people. Most people despised Africans. Even after slavery was abolished, the harsh treatment towards those of African descent
The american slave trade was an unfortunate event that shaped our country for what it is and stands for today. Slaves started as immigrants on their way to the new world that had no choice in the future that was held for them (The Growth of Slavery). Slavery has often been associated with Africans, but started years before colonists thought up the idea of using Africans as slaves. The beginning of the slave trade in the American Colonies was due to the desire for large profits with a cheap and abundant supply of labor.
The diary writing by William Byrd show us how slaves had a major part in the economy of the colonial America and how most of them were treated. Most elites European come to the Americas looking for wealth and power, but they did not have the workforce to accomplish their goals they need people to work their cultivation. Slave Africans became a shipper and easier solution to this problems. (63) “From 1492 to 1820 enslaved African migrants outnumbered Europeans migrants to the new world by nearly five to one”. This incoming slaves Africans did most of the hurt work for this elite Europeans.
What if your whole life, every move you made, was always controlled by someone else? Well now you know how the Africans felt during the 1840s, all the way through the 1960s, when Colonialism and imperialism existed the Europeans controlled everything the African people did even if that meant lying to them and breaking promises that they made. Before the Europeans came, Africans had already been trading with other parts of the world. The biggest motivation the European had was their economic growth. They also found vast reserves of gold and diamond.
In South Africa there are more black Africans than white Africans, yet the whites believed that they have more rights than the blacks would ever have. That’s when apartheid, a racial segregation system, took control of South Africa. Overall, apartheid affected everyone but the blacks were the minority who suffered the negative aspects of apartheid as they were subject to laws that limited their rights as free people. One of the laws required all blacks to carry a Dompos (pass book) everywhere they went as a form of identification. Since blacks didn’t have any rights, the white leaders separated families and used them as slaves.