The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

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The trans-Atlantic slave trade had caused long-lasting devastations in Africa from the 16 to the 19 centuries. During these centuries, slaves were transported to the Americas (new world) from the West African coast. The Atlantic slave trade originated from the expansion of European Empires that lacked one major resource; a workforce. Europeans were unsuited to the climate and suffered from diseases. However, the African labourers were used to the tropical climate and resistant to tropical diseases. Consequently, most Africans sold into slavery were destined to work on plantations in the Caribbean and the Americas, where huge areas of the American continent had been colonized by European nations. Products such as sugar or tobacco would be produced…show more content…
Over time slavery became associated with the dark skin of Africans, which led to the colonists feeling superior. The Eurocentric belief had led the Europeans to exploit the African slaves to adapt to the western way. As European forces began to colonize in Africa, Eurocentric views formed, leading to the mistreatment of the native Sudanese people. Thousands of them were sold into slavery, some working as personal slaves on private estates while others worked the land back in Sudan. Along with enslaving the natives of Sudan, the British missionaries intended to convert them to Christianity. Resulting in loss of authentic African culture. Eurocentrism had separated the Islamic population of the North and the Christian population of the South. Both sides were reunited after independence, but this caused religious disputes, cultural conflict and racial tensions that are still an issue in Sudan today. Since Sudan gained independence, the government had been created by unstable civilian and military powers. Civil war has been in the country for many years, and human right offenses remain a large concern in the country. Various forms of Christianity continue to be the dominant religions in Sudan as a prominent effect of Eurocentrism. Today, Sudan is one of Africa’s poorest countries since its economy couldn’t develop due to the effect of slave trade. Although oil and gas are one of Sudan’s main exports,…show more content…
The slave trade consisted of goods like textiles, mirrors, and guns from Europe being shipped to Africa, where they were exchanged for slaves. Furthermore, the slaves would be shipped to the Americas, where they were exchanged for raw goods such as sugar, mahogany, and cotton. These goods were then shipped back to Europe. Creating shipping lines to Africa and the Americas boosted Europe's shipping industry, providing jobs and income. A continuous stream of raw materials from the Americas and the profit generated by the slave trade together helped contribute to the rise of the Industrial Revolution. During the eighteenth century, Britain became the first country in the world to "industrialise", in terms of an unprecedented economic shift towards manufactures and commerce, and the progress of technology. For example, the British cotton mills (symbol of the "Industrial Revolution"), depended on cheap slave-produced cotton from the Americas; cotton would have been costlier to obtain elsewhere. British individuals, businesses, and ports prospered on the basis of the slave

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