Effects Of Slavery In African Society

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Throughout the years 600 CE to 1750 CE, there have been many countries that participated in slavery and slave trade. However, there is one linking factor to all of them: African society. Native African peoples were the subject to many slave raids and many of them were taken away as slaves (Stilwell 22). This heavily affected their society as well as their political situation, culture, and economy. To begin, slavery was an extremely harmful force to basic African society. Slave raids in Africa would often target mostly men, due to the perception of them being stronger workers. This caused a huge issue in the gender balance in Africa. Women would outnumber men greatly which resulted in a disbalance of the types of skill sets in African society …show more content…
One of the most noticeable effects is the introduction of a stronger military. European traders would often not capture slaves by themselves. Instead, they would enlist Africans and give them guns in order to capture other Africans as slaves. This led to many more guns being introduced to African society (M’bokolo 150). Furthermore, African kings would buy guns from the Europeans in order to protect themselves, ironically, from the Europeans. For example, the society of the Ashantis, a subset of African society, were able to develop “ formidable military capabilities with the help of European guns to protect themselves from slave raiders” (“Impact on Africa”). The introduction of more guns was largely harmful to African society, as it promoted violent interactions between African peoples. Slavery and slave trade also led to the destruction of some African states. A prime example of this is the Kingdom of Kongo. Before the arrival of European slave traders, the Kingdom flourished both politically and economically. However, once slave traders arrived, the kingdom was destroyed due to the mass amounts of interference (“Impact on Africa”). Slave traders also established colonies in Africa, such as Angola, which was a central Portuguese trading post. These colonies had foreign rulers and would often enforce new laws and rule upon Africans (Stilwell 111). In general, the introduction of slavery led to worse political conditions for African

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