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African Slave Trade:

African Slave Trade

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At the start of this unit, Songhai was the major power in central/west Africa. There were also many smaller, more rural states along the west coast.

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Slavery—of blacks and whites—was common, but neither racially based nor necessarily life-long.

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In 1485, Portuguese traders began coming to west Africa. By the 17 th century, the trans-Atlantic slave trade took off.

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An estimated 12 million Africans were taken to America, creating a severe population decline in Africa, as well as regional gender imbalances.

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East Africa was less affected by the slave trade but suffered from European conquests, both attempts at forced conversion and attacks aimed at establishing trading bases.

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By 1800, Africa looked very different than it had in 1400.

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