Triangular Slave Trade: The Effects Of Slavery On Africa

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The Effects of Slavery on Africa
The Triangular Slave trade was a triangular trade between Europe, Africa, and North America spanning a period of approximately 3 centuries. This trade across this period of time had long lasting effects on its three ends that can be observed until today and perhaps to the distant future. It consisted of the trade of slaves, manufactured goods and guns, and raw materials between the 3 continents. Europe provided guns and other means of warfare in addition to manufactured goods to Africa, Africa in return provided their workforce to North America which provided raw materials to Europe for it to be manufactured. The trade was supposedly beneficial for the 3 sides, but only 2 sides benefited with the third being
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The bad soon outweighed the goods as it had negative economical, social and political effects At first it seemed positive as it allowed them to free their prisons and utilize that space and the money for the benefit of the common folk. Then it got gradually worse as the demand of slaves to work in plantations grew exponentially and the countries had run out of prisoners to offer, they soon resorted to other methods to obtain slaves. This led to an exponential increase in war and mortality rates and a decrease in population, specifically the males, for the sole purpose of capturing more slaves for the lucrative…show more content…
Over 12 million slaves were traded in the span of 3 centuries. This lead to the decrease in the young male population which were considered the work force which hindered the industrial revolution. The slave traders’ and kings’ wealth grew exponentially which lead to greed. This caused an increase in wars between tribes and kingdoms for the sole purpose of capturing slaves to sell for more gold and goods. The increased wealth also caused a social gap between the wealth traders and the common folk which solidified their hate for the

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