SLAVERY: THE BANE OF CONTINENTAL AFRICA
An objective analysis
Slavery can be defined as being in captivity of any kind. It is a situation where your free will is in the hands of another and as such you can only do as you wish on command of a master. There are two actors in the world of slavery, the Master and the slave. It is of great pertinence to note that, slavery is an act first created in the mind. I believe it to be borne out of jealousy and greed. This concept will be well discussed in this work, as Trevor Roper said that we visited the past and back. Here, our adventure into the past begins to understand how slavery came to be in Africa, the effects of slavery on the African culture(the misery of colonization), and the rewards of slavery on the continent.
Before contemporary slavery in Africa, soldiers who lost battles or surrendered in tribal wars were taken as captives and sold to other African tribes or presented as gifts to Elites and Kings to promote allied relations.
In the game of chess, a pawn is a piece usually moved first to protect the King and Queen and is always taken out, collateral damage. Due to debt accumulations, people were sent out for slavery to work for masters until full or agreed installment payment is paid. But there are situations where such debts can not be paid, these victims become permanent properties to their master(s). The Akan people of Ghana, some Yoruba communities and later adopted by the Efiks, practiced this inhumane act.
Slaves were nothing but tools in the hands of their masters and to some of these masters death is seen as the best freedom. Human sacrifice along the coast and in the islands was practiced by West African states before the 19th century. The Dahomeans sacrificed 500 slaves every year, The Benin Empire was big left out, parts of the Ashanti Kingdom sacrificed slaves as of capital punishment.
Therefore, is it right to conclude that Africans were the architects of their misery, the promoters of the illusion that Africa is a dark continent, a scourge to the earth?
AFRICA AS THE STRENGTH OF THE WORLD
The beauty of studying the past allows for different people to have different perspectives on different issues. Thus, here is my supposed objective analysis on the uncalled-for rape of the African continent by European countries.
Spain and Portugal were once the balance of power entities to the world. They had a say over almost everything in their control and yet to be in their control. And as such, Spain had as their possessions, many territories which span vast, farmlands that needed to be worked on and economies to be groomed. Thus, the idea of using using "unfortunate or not-rich" as laborers.
Queen Isabella of Spain in an agreement with Henry the Navigator sought more workers for these lands. First, he used the prisoners but when they served their given time, they were free to go and the land was left bare, again. The Red Indians were then employed to work but with no coin for their pockets. Such treatment will not go down well with anybody, any opportunity they had, they escaped. This caused a great influx of Ameri-Indians in Europe. Plus, this new set of slaves was weak and could not work for long hours. A waste of resources.
This is what brought Henry to Africa. He observed their harsh climatic conditions which seemed not to affect them in their daily doings. The sun was brutal, the soil hard but bountiful yield plus the muscular nature of their men, the dark silky skin of their women, and the ability of their aged to till the ground endeared him to this race of people. He brought a handful of them back to Spain and her territories and the experiment yielded great results. The greed and hate in men will continuously be their undoing. More Spanish ships stormed Africa and grabbed more men and women, separated them from their families, forced life of slavery on them, thereby reducing the prospects of Africa. With this discovery, Spain became the number one supplier of African slaves and this was an invitation honored by many European countries in need of labor to compete for total domination of Africa and its people. This stage of "development" was Africa's bane, it is known as The Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
In the limelight of being woke, the God-forsaken interest in Africans as objects of slavery has glued a mentality of constant dependence on the Europeans for practica molly everything.