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WATCH: Impact of the Slave Trade - Through a Ghanaian Lens

The Atlantic slave trade removed 12.5 million people from Africa and probably resulted in the death of millions more. This violence and forced migration caused long-term suffering at the individual and societal levels. Three Ghanaian scholars give us a sense of its impact on the coast, the interior, and the far north of this region.

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  • sneak peak green style avatar for user Sofia Shcherbenyuk
    America was discovered in 1498. So how could it be from the 1440s to the 1880s?
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    • hopper cool style avatar for user Wanli Tan
      "America" was not discovered in 1498. In fact, the area that is now known as the "United States of America" had been populated by people for thousands of years that crossed the Bering Land Bridge and moved south to the United States. Early tribes and cultures included the Hohokam, Clovis, Folsom, Oshara, Hopewell, Mississippians, etc. Around 1000 CE, the Norse had likely already made contact with the United States, as discussed in the Vinland Sagas, with Leif Erikson generally considered to be the first European to discover the United States.

      The reason that the Slave Trade is considered to have begun in the 1440s was because by the 1440s, Portuguese had already made contact with Africans and shipped relatively small groups of Africans to Portugal.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Alaisha Osorio
    when did they knew the correct amount
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  • duskpin seed style avatar for user Koen wolken
    Africans resisted colonialism and the slave trade in large numbers. In General History of Africa VII, author H.A. Mwanzi distinguishes between the African people's collaboration and cooperation in the slave trade. Additionally, cooperation does not always imply agreement with what was taking place. The slave trade in Africa was met with fierce resistance. Cooperation was frequently the only option left. The traders in every way exploited the African people. While Europeans benefited greatly from the slave trade, most Africans did not become wealthy or improve as a result.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Abel
    Does the fact that Africans participated in enslaving other Africans make the European involvement in the slave any less wrong?
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    • female robot grace style avatar for user Sprocket1
      There was much resistance inside of Africa against colonialism and the slave trade. Author H.A. Mwanzi in General History of Africa VII, makes a distinction between cooperation and collaboration of the African people in the slave trade. And cooperation does not necessarily mean acceptance of what was happening. There was much resistance against the slave trade in Africa. In many cases, cooperation was the only choice left. African people were exploited by the traders in every way. Africans on the whole were not getting rich and did not improve from the slave trade whereas Europeans benefited greatly from the slave trade. I don't see any way that African cooperation in their own exploitation, which in most cases was forced and unwanted, could justify or reduces the burden of the Europeans for their policies and actions regarding the trade, treatment, and enslavement of the African people.
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