Africa And Mission Trips During The 19th Century Essay

1103 Words Oct 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
Africa and mission trips are two topics that go hand in hand. When one is mentioned, the other is surly to follow. But this was not always the case. Missionary presence in Africa started around the fifteenth century when Portugal first made contact with Africa for trading routes. In order to gain land near the sea, the Portuguese “initiated the "Reconquista" project to recover Iberian lands from the Muslims” (Kalu 782-787). However, “…the force of the ministry weakened with the changing pattern of trade, internal politics, and the disbanding of the Jesuits” (Kalu 782-787), diminishing the impact of these missionaries. Later, Christianity was once again brought back in the 18th century, as slave trade forced many Africans to convert. In spite of that, funding and the fight to stop slave trade, hindered the missionary movement once again. The true push toward missionary expansion started around the 19th century in Africa, and has yet to stop. This missionary movement in Africa has affected Africa in tremendous ways, through both good and bad ways. Thus Christian presence, which can be traced back as early as the fifteenth century, has shaped Africa to what it is today and will continue to do so for future generations. The rise of missionaries in Africa started around the 19th century. When slavery was banned in the early 1800s, it opened up opportunities for missionaries to spread their influence past Europe and into Africa. For once, traveling to Africa did not seem…

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