The Consequences Of The Atlantic Slave Trade
British involvement in the Atlantic Slave Trade …show more content…
WHAT HAVE THE CONSEQUENCES BEEN?:
- Though not an official part of the Block 4 materials, the Open Learn article Riches & Misery: The Consequences Of The Atlantic Slave Trade by Dr William Hardy (2014) offers an complimentary insight into the consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade.
- The most obvious consequence for West Africa stems from the loss of the strongest men and women from the continent, as they would have been prime targets for slavers and would have fetched the highest prices.
- The loss of these men and women abroad meant losing a strong workforce for African infrastructure as well as moving desirable, dominant genetics out of the gene pool.
- The article by Dr Hardy also highlight that having slaves as their largest export could have caused stagnation in Africa’s developing economy as they failed to develop other sources of income due to slavery being so profitable. …show more content…
- There is often a focus on the negative side-effect of slavery but Hardy is quick to point out a fact not usually highlighted in discussions about the slave trade:
- “And yet, one very positive factor could also be witnessed in these dire circumstances: the creativity with which, gradually, the black communities of the Americas developed new identities, drawing on a combination of African tradition, encounters with European culture, and experiences in the New World. For all the miseries of the slave years, this would prove to be a great enrichment of cultural life, and would contribute to the global culture of modern times.” (SOURCE)
- He highlights a very true fact that, without the presence of these men and women in Western society, we would be lacking many of the things we recognise as ‘normal’ in our daily lives, especially in terms of music, art and dance.
- However, one silver lining to a trade build on the misery and dehumanisation of an entire people cannot be rightfully called a