By Push Black
In the mid-15th century, the Portuguese developed seafaring technology that enabled them to reach Africa.
Soon, they started kidnapping people from the west coast of Africa and shipping them to Europe.
At the end of the 17th century, the demand for more enslaved labor was so great that Europeans resorted to raiding and warfare to acquire their resources.
The transatlantic slave trade was a triangular trading system: European goods were shipped to Africa in exchange for captives, who were then shipped to the Americas in what was known as the Middle Passage.
Millions of Africans died from dehydration, malnutrition, disease and violence during the voyage. Upon arrival, survivors were sold to the highest bidders to work on plantations.
Africa’s population and resources were decimated while Europe prospered from this inhumane practice.
This led to the unequal relationship between Africa and the world’s big powers today, and unfortunately the racist ideology that we deal with everyday.
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