Slavery's Long Effects On Africa

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Slavery is a huge part of the history of the world. Almost every continent has participated in the enslavement of some sort of people. Even though today slavery is illegal in most countries, one can draw similarities to sweatshops as modern-day slavery. Men, children, and women still work for pennies a day in horrible conditions. Just like the Atlantic Slave Trade where the Kings sold their own people for large amounts of money at the time, today, companies use the people of a country for huge profits. This way of business only benefits a small percentage of people while making the gap between the rich and the poor larger and destroying the economy as a whole. The removal of a large group of the most capable working class left a huge
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(The Transatlantic Slave Trade) Even though some countries saw the problem with slavery, the problem was that all of the kings in the countries of Africa that were heavily profiting from exploiting their own citizens refused to outlaw it and continued to enslave their own race. Along with wars caused by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the movement of tens of millions of the strongest and most capable Africans out of the continent caused a huge depression in Africa and set Africa back many years in technology, education, and industry. Will Ross, a writer for BBC News, explained in his article “Slavery’s Long Effects on Africa” that Africa has been deprived of advancing in many fields that put them behind the ball: "The slave trade actually prevented the coming into being of an agrarian revolution in Ghana, and likewise an industrial revolution. Because before you can industrialize you need to have stable agricultural production. So slavery has a very long effect.” (Ross) Here, Ross explains that Africa missed out on an industrial revolution that every country in the first world had which allowed them to progress further and further while Africa kept falling further and …show more content…
It broke down the entire continent of Africa in so many ways besides just economically. It was so devastating that countries in the continent are still at war or still recovering from the civil wars. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was responsible for the movement of 13,000,000 African men, women, and children, which no continent, not even a continent that has so many resources as Africa would be able to recover from quickly. After 400 years, Africa is finally recovering from the devastation of the slave trade triangle. Now, as countries are recovering, economically, Africa is on the rise. For example, according to World Bank Rankings, Mauritius, a country in Africa, ranks as the 20th best place in the world to do business. Overall, Africa is climbing the world rankings as a continent. With the same ranking systems, the countries in Africa rank on average at 101st in the world on doing business. Even though Africa is slowly rising on economic terms, they are still trying to fix other major problems: lack of education, HIV/AIDS, and gender equality. With effort and help from other countries, Africa is capable of coming back from these problems just like it is trying to do with its economic situation. Slowly but surely Africa is increasing on all facets: democratic governments are replacing dictators, wars are stopping, and education and health are also getting better. Africa is an extremely

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